I hope you are all doing as well as can be expected. As ever I’m going to start this update encouraging you to make sure that you are aware of the latest government information regarding Covid-19. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is also providing useful and regularly updated information for charities here but do always check the date to make sure it is current.
Remote Working tools:
We’re hearing some great things about organisations using digital tools to help their staff and volunteers work and communicate remotely. If this all feels a bit new and daunting, CAST Tech4Good have put some great resources together on Remote Working, Remote Meetings and there is access to FREE digital advice from Digital Candle here
Volunteers and Volunteering:
Many of you will be worried about your current volunteers, trying to work out how to deliver your services in new ways and also being contacted by people who want to volunteer to help. If you have roles that you need to fill, please do register them on our website. We’re happy to talk through this process if you have any questions. If there are urgent opportunities let us know and we will spread the word. We are also spending time working with people who are contacting us to volunteer their time as well as aiming to provide some support to the many grassroots mutual aid groups that are springing up.
We have suspended our face to face dropin advice sessions for volunteers but are planning phone or video meetings instead, more details to follow soon.
Brighton & Hove Faith in Action is holding a meeting on Thursday 26th March 10am - 12pm at Brighton Salvation Army 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton, BN2 3HD to discuss how to work together in this difficult time. For more details and to book a place see: Faith Community Response to COVID-19
Fare Share with the support of the BH Food Partnership are making contingencies now and met with the food bank network on Tuesday, 17 March to find out the individual planning and issues they are undertaking.
Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove statement from March 13th
Together Co: Loneliness in Brighton & Hove (APPG local evidence gathering) Please complete this short survey on what your organisation does, knows and wants to offer.
Charity Comms have developed a free crisis communications planning template
Information for employers and employees:
“Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees” from Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). It includes new details on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), use of holiday leave, increased advice around hygiene in the workplace and guidance for when employees need to self-isolate.
“Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers” from Acas. There are multiple dates available but you need to register to attend
The Government’s latest guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses
Useful Facebook groups
A lots of new groups are being developed on Facebook, a number of organisations are already delivering one to one and peer support in this way and there are some specific charity focused advice groups as well. We’ve found a few of these really helpful, but do send us more if you hear of them
- DWP Partnership Team update of what is happening at Brighton and Hove Jobcentres
- Brighton & Hove City Libraries, buildings are closed to the public, but they are still working hard to engage with communities. Watch Facebook page for more information and promote access to eBooks and other eServices
- Small Charities Coalition framework of useful questions to ask yourself about how/if you should continue to deliver your usual service (note that some figures are out of date as it was published on second of March)
- Federation for Small Business (FSB) guide
These are difficult times and it is important that we all look after our own mental health. Mental Health UK have put this guide together “Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak” And finally, if you are able to, The National Trust are making access to all of their gardens free so you can take the chance to enjoy the fresh air and natural environment
Take care of yourselves and each other
Sector Support Manager