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Ali Middle

COVID- 19: lifting lockdown in Hull

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The COVID 19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the work of the voluntary and community sector in Hull. Overnight we have had to make changes to the services we deliver and how we deliver them in line with Government guidance and other restrictions. We have all shown how adaptable and flexible we can be in how we support our most vulnerable communities and the contributions the local voluntary and community sector has made over the past three months has been outstanding. Thank you for everything you have done and for what you continue to do.

As lockdown eases, we know that some of you are starting to return to delivering services but in different ways. We are keen to get an understanding of what you are doing and how people can continue to access your services. With your permission we want to share this widely via our website and email update to make sure that everyone is aware that the voluntary and community sector in Hull is open for business.

This short survey will allow us to gather this information. We appreciate that things are changing all the time so please keep us regularly updated on your services as they develop.

We are also aware that the end of lockdown presents some key challenges to all voluntary and community sector organisations working in the Hull. We want to understand these and look at how we can support you to continue to grow and develop.

You can update your information at any time by contacting Ali Middle – ali@nbforum.org.uk.

If you have any questions about this survey or the wider support offer please contact Jason Stamp, Chief Officer on jason@nbforum.org.uk.

You can take part in the survey here (opens in a new tab)

Seize the Moment to End Domestic Abuse July 2020

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This short paper suggests the case for a continuing government-funded campaign to publicise the implications of the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill, made urgent by the adverse impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on behaviour and outlines a range of actions that could be taken by government departments today to improve domestic abuse interventions 

You can read it as an online pdf here (opens in a new tab) 

Scale Accelerator

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Deadline 12th August 

Scale Accelerator helps mission-driven organisations to maximise their impact on people’s lives by offering £30,000 worth of consultancy from a dedicated team of experts. 

Scale Accelerator is a fully funded 6-month Accelerator Programme for UK based charities and social enterprises who are ambitious about impact.     

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly known as Big Lottery), organisations get access to a dedicated team of expert consultants and join a small group of other organisations on a similar journey.     

Programme start date: November 2020 

You can find more information here (opens in a new tab) 


Julia and Hans Rausing Charity Survival Fund

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Deadline 27th July 

The Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year. 

The fund is open to UK registered charities that: 

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK 
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture 
  • Have annual income below £5m 
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19 
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust 

For more information go to the website (opens in a new tab) 

Coronavirus and the impact on caring

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People across the UK have been pulling together during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in ways that are impacting across society but also changing responsibilities. 

From making an extra meal, to buying essentials, almost half (48%) of people in the UK said that they provided help or support to someone outside of their household in the first month of lockdown in April 2020. 

Although using a slightly different definition, this is a substantial increase since before the pandemic where just over 1 in 10 (11%) adults reported providing some regular service or help for a sick, disabled, or elderly person not living with them during 2017 to 2018. 

In April, around one-third (32%) of adults who reported giving help or support, were helping someone who they did not help before the pandemic. One-third (33%) also reported giving more help to people they helped previously. 

Shopping was the most common activity that people undertook as part of their caring responsibilities (85%). 

To read the full article go to the ONS (opens in a new tab) 

COVID-19 and the impact on social care

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As the Coronavirus pandemic has developed, carers and those receiving care have been significantly affected. The ONS has undertaken several pieces of analysis looking at the impact on social care patients, care staff and those with caring responsibilities. Sophie John examines the overall picture of findings so far: 

The impact on those working in the care sector 

Health and social care workers are the largest proportion of key worker occupations, making up 31% of these roles while 15% of key workers are identified to be at moderate risk from COVID-19, mostly due to certain health conditions such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes.  

Using the Coronavirus infection survey, ONS found that people working in patient-facing roles like NHS professionals and nursing home or care home workers had a higher positive COVID-19 test rate (1.58%) than those who work in non-patient facing roles (0.27% tested positive). 

To read the full blog go to the ONS website (opens in a new tab) 

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 9 July 2020

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The main points from this report are: 

  • In Quarter 2 (April to June) 2020, VAT turnover diffusion indices were the lowest on record at the total industry level and for the services, production and construction sectors, with around 100,000 more firms reporting decreasing turnover than increasing turnover compared with the previous quarter. 
  • 73% of businesses using safety measures reported their implementation had increased their operating costs between 15 and 28 June, according to the latest Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey. 
  • The proportion of adults avoiding physical contact with older or vulnerable adults increased to 81% from 77% in the previous week, according to the latest Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (collected 2 to 5 July). 
  • Between 28 June and 5 July, high streets saw a moderate increase in footfall to just under 50% of the level the same day a year ago, while shopping centres and retail parks saw smaller increases. 
  • Job adverts measured by Adzuna fell between 26 June and 3 July 2020, from 51% to 47% of their 2019 average, with nearly all categories showing a decline. 
  • Overall, prices for high demand products (HDPs) fell 0.1% in the week ending 5 July relative to the week ending 28 June; household and hygiene goods prices fell 0.5% while prices for food remained stable. 

For more information go to the ONS website (opens in a new tab) 

Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

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Published 9th July 

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. 

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: 

  • all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020 
  • to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in 
  • to claim the money back from the government 

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking. 

You can find more information here (opens in a new tab) 

See also Get more information about the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme (opens in a new tab) 

Supporting local areas to prioritise and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND

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Published 9th July 

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to visit local areas to help improve their SEND systems following the COVID-19 disruption. 

Ofsted and CQC will work collaboratively with local areas to understand the experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families during the pandemic, and to support local areas to prioritise and meet their needs. 

The visits are not inspections, nor will they replace the current area SEND inspection cycle. They will give insights into how the SEND system is working from the autumn term, while the area SEND inspection cycle remains on hold. We will not give a formal judgement for a local area nor publish individual reports. We will share learning from these visits, alongside good practice and case studies, in national reports. This will help to strengthen the whole SEND system in a positive way. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

Bereaved by Suicide Service Co-ordinator (Grimsby)

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Deadline 20th July   

Based in Grimsby 30 hours per week £21,636 per annum pro rata  

Do you want to part of a specialist project aimed at helping people who have been bereaved by suicide?   

Support will primarily be delivered by volunteers and the post holder will coordinate the service, recruit and effectively support the volunteers to ensure that successful outcomes are delivered.   

An understanding of the different options to support people bereaved by suicide and a genuine desire to help these individuals understand their grief and develop coping strategies will be essential to this role.   

Applicants must have a full, current driving licence and access to their own transport for work purposes as travel across North East and North Lincolnshire is part of this role.   

For more information and an information pack and application forms go to the HEY Mind website (opens in a new tab)  

You can also email recruitment@heymind.org.uk  for an application pack.  

If you require an application pack in a different format please contact the Administration Office on 01482 240200.   

Closing date: 20 July 2020 Interview date(s): to be arranged (held via Zoom)   

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