Information for parishes supporting their communities during the Coronavirus emergency

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Wellsprings Together is compiling information to help parishes support their communities and volunteers through the coronavirus outbreak.

Together we want to be good neighbours who reach out with kindness and compassion to those who are most vulnerable.

We hope you find the information useful and would welcome your help and feedback to make the information as helpful as possible. team@wellspringstogether.org.uk

Check the Resources pages of this website

On the Resources pages of this website, we have compiled lots of useful information, mainly for the Bradford District area. Information relating to food, homelessness, referrals etc. Click this link to take you to the Resources pages.

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Safe Volunteering

Volunteers can do a range of tasks including shopping and delivering food parcels, collecting and delivering medication or contacting people by telephone to check that they are okay.

The Government has issued guidance for safe volunteering during the lockdown

Some people wishing to volunteer are on waiting lists or unsure of how to become involved. Many local churches get involved through local COVID-19 “Mutual Aid” groups. These are set up across neighbourhoods and actively share news on social media.

You can search for your local Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group on this web page

For more detailed Safe Volunteering infromation we have a dedicated page, visit the page here.

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Food Banks

The Trussell Trust have issued guidance for those operating foodbanks.

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, food banks continue to operate aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. If you cannot afford food, please contact your local food bank using the Food Bank finder using your postcode.

You can find more infromation about food provision on the episcopal area pages.

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Homelessness

Homeless Link is working to keep the homelessness sector informed about latest developments in relation to Covid-19. They are holding weekly webinars which are open to all, providing an overview of current responses and emerging practice. You can find out more on this link.

Shelter also provides a lot of practical information including dealing with evictions, rent payments, benefits and domestic abuse. More information on this link

Financial Help

The National Debt Line has produced a helpful fact sheet and web page which covers the following topics:

  • Claiming benefits and benefit increases
  • Help the banks and mortgage providers can offer
  • Help with your rent and council tax
  • Help from your utility companies including energy, water, broadband and phone
  • ​Help with your TV licence
  • Sources of debt advice

Download the guide on this link

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Thanks to our friends at Together Sussex and the Chichester Diocese for this handy guide to keeping healthy in mind, body and spirit. Find the guide here

Corona Virus information in a range of languages

Leeds City Council has produced video resources in Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Czech, Punjabi, Tigrinya, Farsi, Slovak, Kurdish Sorani and Bengali.

Spot the signs - This short film contains information to help people spot the signs of coronavirus and gives advice for households with possible coronavirus infection.

Handwashing advice This short film contains information about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus, by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene.

Essential advice - This short film contains information for households with possible coronavirus infection. Please be aware that this is an evolving situation and public advice may change.

Please find the videos playlist on this link

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Emergency Funding

New funding is becoming available to help charities helping to support communties or struggling with theor own sustainability.

Charities Aid Foundation

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

More information cafonline.org

Good Finance

Good Finance is a collaborative project to help improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises. This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.

More information goodfinance.org.uk

Civil Society

In a time of increased pressure on the charitable sector, Civil Society News has collated some of the funding being made available for charities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More information civilsociety.co.uk

Govt. funding for food redistribution organisations across England

Food redistribution organisations across England will benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus outbreak.

More information gov.uk

Charities SORP Committee guidance

The SORP (Charities Statement of Recommended Practice) is the set of rules which governs charity accounting for charitable companies and larger charities (charities with an income over £250,000). The main purpose of the SORP Committee is to identify potential changes to the SORP and advise the SORP-making body

Charities SORP Committee has issued guidance on the implications of COVID-19 control measures and charity financial reporting.

Scam Protection

Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.

More details here.

Sharing Stories of Hope

Please drop us an email with links to videos, blog posts, social media activity or any other places you find stories of the wonderful work the faith communities are engaged with.

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Sharing good stories

Please share your stories of how you are responding on social media using the hashtag #peopleofhope