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National lockdown: Stay at Home 

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 Updated 12th January

Visiting arrangements in care homes     Updated 12th January

Visits out of care homes     Updated 12th January

UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan     Published 11th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care     Updated 11th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes     Updated 11th January

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable     Updated 11th January

COVID-19: provision of night shelters     Updated 11th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees     Updated 11th January

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic     Updated 11th January

Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants     Updated 11th January

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults     Updated 10th January

COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding     Updated 10th January

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff     Updated 10th January

COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait     Updated 10th January

Extra covid protections for rough sleepers and renters     Published 8th January

COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources     Published 8th January

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings     Updated 8th January

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to COVID-19     Updated 8th January

Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus     Updated 8th January

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak     Updated 8th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector     Updated 8th January

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)     Updated 8th January

Coronavirus: How to help safely     Updated 8th January

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak     Updated 7th January

School attendance: guidance for schools     Updated 7th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing)     Updated 7th January

Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak     Updated 7th January

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)     Updated 7th January

Education Secretary outlines plans to support young people     Published 6th January

National lockdown: Stay at Home     Updated 6th January

COVID-19: guidance for those leading a nomadic way of life     Updated 6th January

COVID-19: guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping     Updated 6th January

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)     Updated 6th January

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms    Updated 6th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events     Updated 6th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers     Updated 6th January

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings     Updated 6th January

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses     Updated 6th January

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)     Updated 6th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care     Updated 6th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers    Updated 6th January

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol    Updated 6th January

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities     Updated 5th January

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons     Updated 5th January

England Lockdown: Stay At Home posters     Published 5th January

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs     Published 5th January

National lockdown: Stay at Home     Published 4th January

If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus     Published 31st December

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults     Updated 31st December

Unpaid Carers included in Priority 6 group for Covid-19 vaccinations     Published 30th December

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care     Updated 24th December

Published 8pm 4th January 

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown 

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. 

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.  

Leaving home  

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to: 

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person 
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home 
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. 
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one 
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse) 
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible 

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.  

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.  

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work. 

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work  

Meeting others  

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).  

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.  

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.  

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.  

For more information go to the Government website 

Share your experience of living in Hull for chance to win £50 voucher

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If you’re a Hull resident aged 16 or over, you can make a real difference in your community by taking part in a new survey, organised by Forum and carried out by market research firm Mustard, on behalf of Hull City Council. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Whether you were born in Hull or you’ve recently arrived in the city, your opinions, praise, concerns and grumbles about the issues that matter in your community – safety, employment, education, migration, integration and more – are needed to contribute to positive change.

Your opinions matter and will ultimately help shape a new plan for Hull, with the aim of uniting our communities, and encouraging equality and safety for everyone.

You can complete the survey by clicking here

Paper copies, in any language required, can be requested by contacting Pippa Robson on 07791 040433, pippa@nbforum.org.uk.

Online versions of the survey in Arabic and Polish are available below



VCS Offer Hull Covid 19 Response 2nd Lockdown

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As we prepare ourselves for a second shorter lockdown from 5th November (subject to change), Forum would like to identify how we can support local communities at this time.

We are looking to capture a better understanding of the services that you are currently providing within communities so that we can ensure that they become an integral part of the wider support we will be offering over the next few months.

We fully appreciate that the current Government restrictions mean that some services have had to close on a temporary basis and other services are being delivered differently to make sure that local people continue to get the support they need.

In order to help us to do this we would like to be able to appropriately signpost people to the services you are currently offering, both through the Council, and our own website

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 feed back here

New National Restrictions from 5 November

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Updated 6th November to provide more detail of the restrictions

Subject to debate on the 4th November, these new restrictions will come into place on Thursday 5th November:

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday. 

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action: 

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes. 
  1. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes. 
  1. Closing certain businesses and venues. 

These new measures are intended to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work. 

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data. 

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.  

It covers:

1. Stay at home

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

3. Meeting with family and friends

4. Businesses and venues

5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

6. Going to work

7. Going to school, college and university

8. Childcare and children’s activities

9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

10. Visiting relatives in care homes

11. Travel

12. Financial support

You can read the guidance here

Your opinions matter – Get involved in the ‘Hull Together Project’

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We are carrying out some face-to-face research for Hull City Council and are looking for people to take part in a focus group about community safety, employment, migration, community cohesion and integration and want to understand more about challenges, issues and opportunities, from different perspectives. We want to talk to people who are native to Hull (born here, or from elsewhere in the UK but living here for most of their lives).

Each participant will reactive a £10 shopping voucher and the details are as follows:

• Location: North Bransholme Community Centre

• Date: Monday 28th September

• Time Group 1: 1.30pm – 3pm

• Time Group 2: 3.30pm – 5pm

• Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

You only need attend one of the groups and if there is the demand to take part online, it may be arranged that one of the sessions is administered via Zoom. Please state your preference on enquiry.

Please register your interest by emailing pippa@nbforum.org.uk or calling 07791 040433 as soon as possible as places are limited.

You can find more information about the project here

BAME Covid 19 Network Development Partnership

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Recent national research has evidenced that BAME communities are significantly more at risk in terms of contracting COVID 19 and are less likely to appropriately access health services upon developing symptoms of the disease.

Working in partnership, North Bank Forum (Forum) and Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA) will jointly develop a BAME COVID Network within Hull that begins the process of addressing the issues raised as part of the initial mapping and enables the local BAME community to become an integral part of the ongoing plans for the Hull COVID 19 recovery plan.

This partnership will bring together the skills and expertise of two key organisations in the City. These include network development, data collection and analysis, community engagement, funding advice and support and existing key relationships in terms of both networks and BAME communities.

Jason Stamp, Chief Officer, North Bank Forum for Voluntary Organisations Limited said

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with HANA to develop this important piece of work. Supporting BAME communities during the COVID recovery phase is a priority for the City and we are grateful for the support of the Two Ridings Community Foundation to enable us to make this happen”

This will be a time limited three-month project, commencing in June 2020 and all engagement activity will be completed by the end of August 2020.

The work will be carried out in a number of ways, taking into account current restrictions in terms of COVID 19 guidance.

At the end of this work we will coordinate and produce an impact report which outlines the key findings and identified proposals for potential next steps in terms of developing and sustaining the BAME COVID Network. This report will be shared with funders and commissioners and made publicly available through the North Bank Forum and Humber All Nations Alliance websites and existing membership and distribution mechanisms.

If you require any further information or would like to discuss the work further please contact: Gail Baines, North Bank Forum, 07398 141818, gail@nbforum.org.uk

VCS Response to COVID 19 in Hull April – May 2020 Interim Report

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Forum has acted as the lead partner in the coordination and mapping of voluntary and community sector provision in terms of the wider crisis response to the challenges of COVID 19. Through this work Forum have led on a comprehensive mapping exercise to identify the range of community support services being delivered across the City and established a number of key voluntary and community sector networks to promote a joined up approach and a sharing of learning that will better inform the longer term plans for COVID 19 recovery which are currently being developed by Hull City Council

An Impact Report has now been produced to provide an overview of the contribution the VCS has made to the COVID 19 response in Hull over a two month period (March – May 2020) and to make a series of key recommendations around the contribution the VCS can continue to make as part of the Citywide plans around recovery.

It is based on direct responses from 15 VCS groups and organisations involved in frontline delivery of COVID 19 support services and from information gained through regular online support calls with VCS organisations. We recognise that this only provides a snapshot of what has been achieved and that a large number of smaller, community-based organisations have not been captured within this initial report, so it is likely that the estimated numbers referenced in this report are higher.

Forum have now submitted this report on behalf of the sector to Hull City Council and NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group in order to begin discussions around additional support to sector groups and organisations through the recovery period and to begin planning around future support in the long-term.

If you would like any further information about this report please contact Jason Stamp, Chief Officer on jason@nbforum.org.uk

VCS COVID Interim Report – May 2020 (pdf)

Wildlife expert chat

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Monday 11th May at 11am

As part of the Neighbourhood Network’s ‘keep connected’ series whilst we are in this lockdown period, they are pleased to bring you a second opportunity to chat with wildlife expert Andrew Gibson, who is volunteering his time to answer your burning questions on all things wildlife!

Andrew is hoping to talk all things hedgehogs, swifts, house sparrows and butterflies – and how to embed nature into an urban environment. There will be a Q&A at the end of the session, but questions can be submitted beforehand if you prefer.

If this is something that you want to take part in, please email office@nnetwork.org.uk  or call 01482 826061 so they can email out a link to join in. Zoom will need to be downloaded onto your tablet, laptop, phone prior to the session.

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