COVID-19:

'The State of Our Sector in Dorset' - Survey Headlines

We asked for your opinions, now we have the headline findings.
Click here to see our report. 

To help you during this time we have useful links and information to help from a great variety of sources, to help find your way, ** around text denotes that it is fresh information.

We have set up a Dedicated Helpline on 01202 847609 – to answer questions you may have regarding Coronavirus and your Organisation.
Open between 11am and 4pm.  We will continue to receive referrals and book appointments, however these will be conducted online now.

DCA are offering FREE WEBINARS AND ONLINE VIDEO NETWORKING:
Our Community Advisors shall be running webinars and online video networking to replace our usual training and networking. These shall run on Wednesdays from 11.30am covering various topics to help support your organisations, helping you get answers to your queries and concerns, as well as maintaining a vital social link. They are FREE to join whilst we help each other through this.

Dorset Council has set up a webpage detailing support available for Community Groups. 

Their full COVID-19 plan can be found at the top of this same page.

Dorset Council information about scams during this time. DC Trading Standards have also become a Friends Against Scams Organisation, read here for more information.

**UPDATED: Neighbourhood Watch have re-released information on using their Public Liability – For information on joining their scheme click here.**

Dorset Council’s guide on financial transactions in the Community and best methods.

Dorset Council’s Information Update – 12th May. 

Support & resources for Carers within the Dorset Council area and also BCP area.

Guide on ‘Being a Good Neighbour’ has been created, please note this is version 3, still to be approved and branded by the Council.

A volunteer network of Digital Champions are on hand help support with IT issues from collecting prescriptions to keeping in contact with the family.

BCP Council has launched a dedicated phone line and Volunteer Hub to support vulnerable people who need vital support while isolating at home during the coronavirus outbreak – 0300 123 7052, open 8am-8pm everyday. Click here for further info.

Guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs) from the Government.

** Discretionary Grant live for 2 weeks from the 1st June – Click here to read more on Dorset Council’s website.**

**UNITED WAY UK GIVE LOCAL COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANTS Closes on 5th June – For small charities carrying out coronavirus/COVID-19 relief measures in support of vulnerable communities.**

**THE LANGDALE TRUST – Small grants for those providing youth projects, social welfare activities, the relief of poverty and/or medical care.**

**£5 Million in funds for those supporting communities with their mental health.**

The new National Lottery Grant has been announced and now live.  This is the first phase of the Government money announced by the Chancellor on April 8th.  The first £200 million will be distributed through the National Lottery “Coronavirus Community Support Fund”. CLICK HERE FOR LOTTERY ANNOUNCEMENT. This grant also includes organisations working in partnership needing between £10,000 to £100,000.

Mental Health Action Fund – has closed early, original closing date was 5th June, read more here.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner now invite applications for up to £5,000 from the Safer Dorset Fund COVID-19 Grant.

Grants for Front-line Food Aid Charitiesof up to £100,000 to help continue the provision of food to the vulnerable. The Dept. for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs assess applications in the order they are submitted – so act quickly. (This is not new funding – it is part of the £750M noted here.)

Funding for Organisations Supporting Children at Risk of Youth Violence.

Barclays’ 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme Opens for Applications link via Dorset Council website.

All Village Halls and Community Centres (unless they are managed/run by Parish, Town or Dorset Councils) are eligible to apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

New Funding up to £1,000 from Movement for Good.

Funding for Dog and Cat Rehoming & Rescue Centres.

SSEN Community Resilience Fund, open to community and parish councils in SSEN network areas, the initial funding round is now closed with later rounds based on demand.

W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation – For care provisions and wellbeing for older  people.

 James Tudor Fund  and The Albert Hunt Trust – Updates shared through GRIN.

Groups interested in the launch of the next round can sign up to receive updates by emailing NationwideCommunityGrants
@nationwide.co.uk

Sovereign Housing Pay it Forward Scheme has joined with Crowdfunder.

Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund for Grants up to £5,000 The Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund, the Foundation has awarded over £173,000 to 57 groups from all across Dorset.   click for more information and to apply. 

The Charities Aid Foundation will pause their Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  – we shall update this as soon as we hear more.

An organisation called London Funders has invited Funding Organisations nationally to join them in making a statement of intent to support grantees/fundees at this time.  Have a look at their statement and the 239 Funders that have joined their mission. Some funders are suggesting mergers to maintain the sector. 

The latest funder list and downloadable charity toolkits from the Charity Excellence website, the resources are free to download although you need to register via their website.

Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families.

Tourism Minister launches £1.3 million fund to support Destination Management Organisations.

£10 million to boost tree planting in 2nd auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee.

TESCO ‘Bags of Help’ in now open for applications.

CURRENTLY PAUSED – Latest funding from Sport England.

Latest developments on charity funding from NCVO.

Business Support Grants for both Small Businesses and the Hospitality, Retail and Leisure industries. 

The Association of Charitable Fundraisers have encouraged funders to contact their grantees and discuss how they can best support them.

Arts Council England Emergency Measures and Funding.

62 Sources of Charity Income – Coronavirus Funder List Latest Update via Ian McLintock’s LinkedIn page

Advice Blog from Money Saving Expert.

The National Lottery have released a statement regarding their community fund. 

Prince William announced that the National Emergencies Trust have launched a national appeal and that funding will be available to local charities addressing arising community needs.
From one Prince to another, there is also extra information via the The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Downloadable Crisis Communications for Charities – Best Practise Guide from CharityComms.

**Dorset Race Equality Council’s document on ‘COVID-19 Dorset Ethnic Minority Communities Need Assessment‘.**

‘The Big Night’ in raised £54 Million, but how will the money be distributed? Click here to find out more via GRIN.

Caring behind closed doors – Forgotten families during the Coronavirus.

Event guidance from the Fundraising Regulator

What the pandemic means for your fundraising? Advice from Keda Consulting

Join the Inventive Marketing Club here, Ben Kinnaird is a marketing specialist offering his help with free webinars for charities.

 

If you would like to sign up to volunteer in your community then click here – Volunteer Sign Up Form

If you are a voluntary sector organisation that wants to get involved in providing support or needs help with maintaining your volunteer base please register with the Volunteer Centre Dorset – Voluntary Organisations Information

Training from the British Red Cross

Read NAVCA’s blog on how they’re supporting the local infrastructure. 

Link to Volunteering Matters

 

Practical support intended to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus. 

Statement from NVCO’s CE on how the £750M support package for charities is being managed and a further blog on making the schemes work better for Charities.

May update from NVCO on ‘The Inside Track’ – Latest regarding Westminster.

The NVCO has guidance on volunteering during lockdown, waiting for support, how to hold board meetings and what to expect from funders. With constantly updated advice, you can read the latest here.

NVCO have also removed their paywall so that now all their KNOWHOW information guides are accessible freely to all all groups.

 

ACRE information for Village Halls and Community Spaces.

**3 Month free website listing for Food & Drink and Retail businesses from Visit Dorset.**

**A new online service has launched for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. **

**Free webinars on working safely from the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.**

All Village Halls and Community Centres (unless they are managed/run by Parish, Town or Dorset Councils) are eligible to apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Click to read the DCMS Report in response to the Select Committee Meeting Held 31/03/20 – Hear directly from charities and umbrella bodies about the challenges they were facing. We also received more than 70 pieces of written evidence from charities of all sizes, and individuals who benefit from their services, detailing the impact of Covid-19 on their ability to support people across the country.

Click here for the ICO’s Blog regarding new priorities for UK data protection.

Discussion link to Saffery Champness regarding Job Retention Scheme Portal.

 
 
Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Small Business Grant Fund – Now eligible to Charities, read full report here.
 

Business Bounce Back Loans – Interest free for 12months from gov.uk.

Online resources and Digital Skills Toolkit from charitydigital.org.

FAQs and Resources from LawWorks.

Allied Westminster does not need notification of reduced usage of Village Halls but advises to check with your insurer to see if notification is necessary. Read their statement and revised guidelines here.

Dorset Council have shared a wealth of information with us for Business support; click for a Route Map of Business Assistance, information from the Dorset Chamber and business and economy newsletter signups.

 

Serious Incidence Reporting Guidance from the Government.

Safeguarding Portal – Government Advice on handling allegations, this includes a safeguarding tool.

Guidance from the Charity Tax Group, They also now have confirmation that the “Expanded Retail Discount Relief”.

Help & Care have released sheets on Questions and Concerns and also Referral and Action.

Catch up here on the recording of the Managing Solvency Webinar held by Bates Wells.

Catch up here on the recording of the Coronavirus and your Charity held by Bates Wells.

Click here for the ICO’s Blog regarding Data.

Help with Contingency Planning from the Charities Facility Management Group

Carers Helpline Information Sheet for Volunteers in Dorset from The Leonardo Trust.

Guidance from the Charity Finance Group

Guidance from Bates Wells on Insurance and Contracts.

Charity Bank have put together information for charities and social enterprises.

For help to those groups who are  just set up or formed in direct response to COVID-19, support from the Social Change Agency.

Guidance from CIPD on returning to the Workplace.

Government advice on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

ACAS have coordinated their advice around COVID-19 for employers and employees

 

ACAS also run webinars to support with employment law and employment topics. 

 

Ward Goodman issued a statement to help their customers. They are committed to delivering support through this challenging period and released an mailing update on funding and support for their network here.

Driving and motor insurance information from the Association of British Insurers.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) information from the British  Business Bank.

Advice that an organisation can furlough a proportion of staff and not the whole organisation. It’s been confirmed a ‘a furloughed employee can take part in volunteering work or training, as long as it does not provide services that generate revenue for, or on behalf of, your organisation’.

Bates Wells have information on redundancies as well as fresh guidance on job retention and furloughing.

 

**Information for Dorset Residents on new NHS Test & Trace service.**

Mind has created some guidance for helping with lone working and keeping balanced.

 
 

**Updated advice for NHS volunteers.**

**Lifeskills Support & Training for those supporting youth and adult learners from Barclays Bank.**

Dorset Mind Your Head – Wellbeing information for young people.

Healthy Conversation Skills to assist workforces to support service users from the Wessex Faculty of Healthy Conversation Skills.

LiveWell Dorset’s training for those supporting others.

NHS advice on mental health issues, especially stress, anxiety and depression.

Share your stories and experiences through HealthWatch Dorset’s survey to help health & care services during COVID-19.

Advice and Guidance for those being tested – Volunteers are eligible as “Key Workers” – Follow advice for Self-Testing if “displaying symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19”.

Covid-19 advice translated into multiple languages.

**Easy Read COVID-19 Guidance to help with Learning Disabilities.**

HealthWatch Dorset – May’s Newsletter.

Skills for Care Free Training for Volunteers in Social Care.

Trusted Health App Advice from ORCHA.

Small Charities Coalition Advice on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Online training for volunteers on the Elearning for Health platform that is freely available to all volunteers from the NHSE&I.

Carers UK Magazine – Caring Issue 53.

The Alzheimer’s Society guide for volunteers supporting carers and  individuals living with dementia.

Psychotherapy services for KEY WORKERS in Dorset & Somerset – 6 short-term counselling sessions free of charge. Contact www.psychotherapydorset.co.uk  or telephone 07714 330120.
ANYONE AFFECTED BY COVID-19 – They are offering a listening service and will arrange for someone to call you back. He/she will be able to listen and speak with you for 50 minutes. The service aims to help you share some of the impact on you and to regain some sense of control. It is not an advice service and cannot be an alternative to regular counselling or therapy. Contact via www.psychotherapydorset.co.uk  or by telephoning 07714 330120.

Government Advice – Latest Information.

Actions for Happiness – Daily actions for each day of April.

Use the #DorsetDailyDose and #StayInWorkOut to encourage staying active at home – inspiration and sessions can be found here www.stayinworkout.org.

Housing Advice from Shelter.

Message from the Health and Social Care Secretary, taken from their newsletter.

Advice from Public Health Dorset

Online NHS 111 Resource

COVID-19 Condition NHS Advice

‘LiveWell Dorset’ is support your wellbeing at this time with The Five Ways Challenge, a virtual way of taking care of your wellbeing.

Advice from East Dorset Health and Wellbeing Group, articles of interest are 3. for housing and  4. for activities, other articles are covered in Funder Support and Council links above.

Share your story using the hashtag:
#everydaycounts
#NeverMoreNeeded
#shareyourstory
#helpandkindness 
#actsofkindness

See heart-warming stories across Dorset through Social Media

Ferndown Scout Group were successful in receiving a £500 grant from Tesco’s for additional PPE visors to then distribute to care homes.

CO-OP customers who are shielding or self-isolating can call a dedicated phone line on 0800 02904592 to buy a gift card. This can then be shared with someone who can shop on their behalf.

Dorset Parent Infant Partnership are offering free online counselling sessions to parents.

STARS has increased its capacity on its telephone support line to offer more sessions during the current crisis. Click here for further info.

Keeping the local shops going while keeping customers and staff safe  – Local Shops 2 You

Volunteer Shopping Cards have been launched by some big traders, click here for ASDA and here for M&S.

Sherborne Viral Kindness, featured recently on the BBC, is a group set up by local traders to keep the local area ‘afloat’. Services range from home food deliveries to dog-walking.

Poole Support Group, has been set up by a lady in her twenties to help those suffering through loneliness. 

Meet the people behind BigLocal.

The CO-OP are helping NHS staff and Co-op Academy school kids with £20 food vouchers while the schools are closed.

For East Dorset –  Please report community/village groups to Jon Sloper – hello@helpandkindness.co.uk Adding the name, what is offered and contact details will help share messages of support.

Resources and Links

**This information below is the same as within the quick drop down links above, although this is the originally presented fashion. Due to the volume of information we’re receiving and uploading the style above was brought in to help, although this section remains here in case it is easier for some to view and navigate.**

Dorset Community Response

Dorset Council has set up a webpage detailing support available for Community Groups. 

Their full COVID-19 plan can be found at the top of this same page.

Dorset Council information about scams during this time. DC Trading Standards have also become a Friends Against Scams Organisation, read here for more information.

UPDATED: Neighbourhood Watch have re-released information on using their Public Liability – For information on joining their scheme click here.

Dorset Council’s guide on financial transactions in the Community and best methods.

Dorset Council’s Information Update – 12th May. 

Support & resources for Carers within the Dorset Council area and also BCP area.

A Guide on ‘Being a Good Neighbour’ has been created, please note this is version 3, still to be approved and branded by the Council.

A volunteer network of Digital Champions are on hand help support with IT issues from collecting prescriptions to keeping in contact with the family.

BCP Council has launched a dedicated phone line and Volunteer Hub to support vulnerable people who need vital support while isolating at home during the coronavirus outbreak – 0300 123 7052, open 8am-8pm everyday. Click here for further info.

Guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs) from the Government.

NVCO & ACRE

Practical support intended to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus. 

**Statement from NVCO’s CE on how the £750M support package for charities is being managed and a further blog on making the schemes work better for Charities.** 

May update from NVCO on ‘The Inside Track’ – Latest regarding Westminster.

The NVCO has guidance on volunteering during lockdown, waiting for support, how to hold board meetings and what to expect from funders. With constantly updated advice, you can read the latest here.

NVCO have also removed their paywall so that now all their KNOWHOW information guides are accessible freely to all all groups.

Fundraising & Comms

**Dorset Race Equality Council’s document on ‘COVID-19 Dorset Ethnic Minority Communities Need Assessment‘.**

‘The Big Night’ in raised £54 Million, but how will the money be distributed? Click here to find out more via GRIN.

Caring behind closed doors – Forgotten families during the Coronavirus.

Event guidance from the Fundraising Regulator

What the pandemic means for your fundraising? Advice from Keda Consulting

Join the Inventive Marketing Club here, Ben Kinnaird is a marketing specialist offering his help with free webinars for charities.

Funder Responses of Support

** Discretionary Grant live for 2 weeks from the 1st June – Click here to read more on Dorset Council’s website.**

**UNITED WAY UK GIVE LOCAL COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANTS Closes on 5th June – For small charities carrying out coronavirus/COVID-19 relief measures in support of vulnerable communities.**

**THE LANGDALE TRUST – Small grants for those providing youth projects, social welfare activities, the relief of poverty and/or medical care.**

**£5 Million in funds for those supporting communities with their mental health.**

The new National Lottery Grant has been announced and now live.  This is the first phase of the Government money announced by the Chancellor on April 8th.  The first £200 million will be distributed through the National Lottery “Coronavirus Community Support Fund”. CLICK HERE FOR LOTTERY ANNOUNCEMENT. This fund has two key objectives:
To increase community support to vulnerable people and to reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises. This grant also includes organisations working in partnership needing between £10,000 to £100,000.

Mental Health Action Fund – has closed early, read more here.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner now invite applications for up to £5,000 from the Safer Dorset Fund COVID-19 Grant.

Grants for Front-line Food Aid Charities of up to £100,000 to help continue the provision of food to the vulnerable. The Dept. for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs assess applications in the order they are submitted – so act quickly. (This is not new funding – it is part of the £750M noted here.)

Funding for Organisations Supporting Children at Risk of Youth Violence.

Barclays’ 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme Opens for Applications link via Dorset Council website.

New Funding up to £1,000 from Movement for Good.

Funding for Dog and Cat Rehoming & Rescue Centres.

All Village Halls and Community Centres (unless they are managed/run by Parish, Town or Dorset Councils) are eligible to apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation – For care provisions and wellbeing for older  people.

Funds via – James Tudor Fund  and The Albert Hunt Trust – Updates shared through GRIN.

SSEN Community Resilience Fund, open to community and parish councils in SSEN network areas, the initial funding round is now closed with later rounds based on demand.

Groups interested in the launch of the next round can sign up to receive updates by emailing NationwideCommunityGrants
@nationwide.co.uk

Sovereign Housing Pay it Forward Scheme has joined with Crowdfunder.

Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund for Grants up to £5,000 The Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund, the Foundation has awarded over £173,000 to 57 groups from all across Dorset. Click for more information and to apply. 

The Charities Aid Foundation will pause their Coronavirus Emergency Fund. we shall update this as soon as we hear more.

An organisation called London Funders has invited Funding Organisations nationally to join them in making a statement of intent to support grantees/fundees at this time.  Have a look at their statement and the 239 Funders that have joined their mission. Some funders are suggesting mergers to maintain the sector. 

The latest funder list and downloadable charity toolkits from the Charity Excellence website, the resources are free to download although you need to register via their website.

CURRENTLY PAUSED – Latest funding from Sport England.

Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families.

Tourism Minister launches £1.3 million fund to support Destination Management Organisations.

£10 million to boost tree planting in 2nd auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee.

TESCO ‘Bags of Help’ in now open for applications.

Latest developments on charity funding from NCVO.

Business Support Grants for both Small Businesses and the Hospitality, Retail and Leisure industries. 

The Association of Charitable Fundraisers have encouraged funders to contact their grantees and discuss how they can best support them.

Arts Council England Emergency Measures and Funding.

62 Sources of Charity Income – Coronavirus Funder List Latest Update via Ian McLintock’s LinkedIn page

Advice Blog from Money Saving Expert.

The National Lottery have released a statement regarding their community fund. 

Prince William announced that the National Emergencies Trust have launched a national appeal and that funding will be available to local charities addressing arising community needs.
From one Prince to another, there is also  extra information via the The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Business & Trustee Support

ACRE information for Village Halls and Community Spaces.

**3 Month free website listing for Food & Drink and Retail businesses from Visit Dorset.**

**A new online service has launched for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. **

Free webinars on working safely from the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Click to read the DCMS Report in response to the Select Committee Meeting Held 31/03/20 – Hear directly from charities and umbrella bodies about the challenges they were facing. We also received more than 70 pieces of written evidence from charities of all sizes, and individuals who benefit from their services, detailing the impact of Covid-19 on their ability to support people across the country.

All Village Halls and Community Centres (unless they are managed/run by Parish, Town or Dorset Councils) are eligible to apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Small Business Grant Fund – Now eligible to Charities, read full report here.

Click here for the ICO’s Blog regarding new priorities for UK data protection.

Discussion link to Saffery Champness regarding Job Retention Scheme Portal.

Allied Westminster does not need notification of reduced usage of Village Halls but advises to check with your insurer to see if notification is necessary. Read their statement and revised guidelines here.

Business Bounce Back Loans – Interest free for 12months from gov.uk.

Online resources and Digital Skills Toolkit from charitydigital.org.

FAQs and Resources from LawWorks.

Dorset Council have shared a wealth of information with us for Business support; click for a Route Map of Business Assistance, information from the Dorset Chamber and business and economy newsletter signups.

Serious Incidence Reporting Guidance from the Government.

Safeguarding Portal – Government Advice on handling allegations, this includes a safeguarding tool.

Guidance from the Charity Tax Group, They also now have confirmation that the “Expanded Retail Discount Relief”.

Help & Care have released sheets on Questions and Concerns and also Referral and Action.

Catch up here on the recording of the Managing Solvency Webinar held by Bates Wells.

Catch up here on the recording of the Coronavirus and your Charity held by Bates Wells.

Help with Contingency Planning from the Charities Facility Management Group

Carers Helpline Information Sheet for Volunteers in Dorset from The Leonardo Trust.

Guidance from the Charity Finance Group

Guidance from Bates Wells on Insurance and Contracts.

Charity Bank have put together information for charities and social enterprises.

For help to those groups who are  just set up or formed in direct response to COVID-19, support from the Social Change Agency.

Employee & Employer Support

Guidance from CIPD on returning to the Workplace.

Government advice on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

ACAS have coordinated their advice around COVID-19 for employers and employees

ACAS also run webinars to support with employment law and employment topics. 

Ward Goodman issued a statement to help their customers. They are committed to delivering support through this challenging period and released an mailing update on funding and support for their network here.

Driving and motor insurance information from the Association of British Insurers.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) information from the British  Business Bank.

Advice that an organisation can furlough a proportion of staff and not the whole organisation. It’s been confirmed a ‘a furloughed employee can take part in volunteering work or training, as long as it does not provide services that generate revenue for, or on behalf of, your organisation’.

Bates Wells have information on redundancies as well as fresh guidance on job retention and furloughing.

Getting Involved

If you would like to sign up to volunteer in your community then click on the below.

If you are a voluntary sector organisation that wants to get involved in providing support or needs help with maintaining your volunteer base please register with the Volunteer Centre Dorset – Voluntary Organisations Information

Training from the British Red Cross

Read NAVCA’s blog on how they’re supporting the local infrastructure. 

Link to Volunteering Matters

Read NAVCA’s blog on how they’re supporting the local infrastructure. 

Acts of Kindness

Share your story using the hashtag:
#everydaycounts
#NeverMoreNeeded
#shareyourstory
#helpandkindness 
#actsofkindness

See heart-warming stories across Dorset through Social Media

Ferndown Scout Group were successful in receiving a £500 grant from Tesco’s for additional PPE visors to then distribute to care homes.

CO-OP customers who are shielding or self-isolating can call a dedicated phone line on 0800 02904592 to buy a gift card. This can then be shared with someone who can shop on their behalf.

Dorset Parent Infant Partnership are offering free online counselling sessions to parents.

STARS has increased its capacity on its telephone support line to offer more sessions during the current crisis. Click here for further info.

Keeping the local shops going while keeping customers and staff safe  – Local Shops 2 You

Volunteer Shopping Cards have been launched by some big traders, click here for ASDA and here for M&S.

Sherborne Viral Kindness, featured recently on the BBC, is a group set up by local traders to keep the local area ‘afloat’. Services range from home food deliveries to dog-walking.

Poole Support Group, has been set up by a lady in her twenties to help those suffering through loneliness. 

Meet the people behind BigLocal.

The CO-OP are helping NHS staff and Co-op Academy school kids with £20 food vouchers while the schools are closed.

For East Dorset –  Please report community/village groups to Jon Sloper – hello@helpandkindness.co.uk Adding the name, what is offered and contact details will help share messages of support.

Health Advice

**Information for Dorset Residents on new NHS Test & Trace service.**

Mind has created some guidance for helping with lone working and keeping balanced. 

**Updated advice for NHS volunteers.**

**Lifeskills Support & Training for those supporting youth and adult learners from Barclays Bank.**

Dorset Mind Your Head – Wellbeing information for young people.

Healthy Conversation Skills to assist workforces to support service users from the Wessex Faculty of Healthy Conversation Skills.

LiveWell Dorset’s training for those supporting others.

Advice and Guidance for those being tested – Volunteers are eligible as “Key Workers” – Follow advice for Self-Testing if “displaying symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19”.

Covid-19 advice translated into multiple languages.

Easy Read COVID-19 Guidance to help with Learning Disabilities.

Online training for volunteers on the Elearning for Health platform that is freely available to all volunteers from the NHSE&I.

Carers UK Magazine – Caring Issue 53 

The Alzheimer’s Society have put together a guide for volunteers supporting carers and  individuals living with dementia.

Skills for Care Free Training for Volunteers in Social Care.

NHS advice on mental health issues, especially stress, anxiety and depression.

HealthWatch Dorset – May’s Newsletter.

Psychotherapy services for KEY WORKERS in Dorset & Somerset – 6 short-term counselling sessions free of charge to all, sessions may be by telephone, Skype or Zoom. Contact www.psychotherapydorset.co.uk  or telephone 07714 330120.
ANYONE AFFECTED BY COVID-19 – They are offering a listening service and will arrange for someone to call you back. He/she will be able to listen and speak with you for 50 minutes. The service aims to help you share some of the impact on you and to regain some sense of control. It is not an advice service and cannot be an alternative to regular counselling or therapy. Contact via www.psychotherapydorset.co.uk  or by telephoning 07714 330120.

Share your stories and experiences through HealthWatch Dorset’s survey to help health & care services during COVID-19.

Small Charities Coalition Advice on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Government Advice – Latest Information.

Actions for Happiness – Daily actions for each day of April.

Use the #DorsetDailyDose and #StayInWorkOut to encourage staying active at home – inspiration and sessions can be found here www.stayinworkout.org.

Housing Advice from Shelter.

A Message from the Health and Social Care Secretary, taken from their newsletter.

Advice from Public Health Dorset

Online NHS 111 Resource

COVID-19 Condition NHS Advice 

‘LiveWell Dorset’ is support your wellbeing at this time with The Five Ways Challenge, a virtual way of taking care of your wellbeing.

Advice from East Dorset Health and Wellbeing Group, articles of interest are 3. for housing and  4. for activities, other articles are covered in Funder Support and Council links above.