Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be very serious if passed to vulnerable people. We should minimise the risks by hand-washing regularly, avoid touching your face and coughing or sneezing into your elbow/a tissue then disposing of it. We should also be careful to stay at least 2 metres away from people when in public places, this is social distancing. 

If you have symptoms such as a new and persistent cough or a high temperature then please visit 111-online or call NHS 111. If told to self-isolate you should do so immediately for 7 days, and others in your household for 14 days. 

Bradford Council is teaming up with the NHS, Public Health England and the voluntary sector to find the best way to provide support to communities affected by Coronavirus. Vulnerable people who have a particular need can leave their details which will be passed on to the relevant service and/or volunteer.

  • *NEW* Daily Briefing take a look at the latest issue. 

  • Volunteer requests  request them here, they are pre-trained and have DBS’ if needed

  • PPE requests for Non-commissioned organisations, please apply here, for commissioned organisations speak to your commissioner in either Public Health or Adults Services. 

  • The Voluntary Community Sector now have a central Facebook page

  • Daily Briefing Past Issues you can find previous issues in our archive

  • We have put together a Sew and Save Lives campaign for face coverings, we have this in English, ArabicBengali, Punjabi and Urdu.

Funding Opportunities

  • Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund. Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 are available to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. This is a one-off fund with a total of £250,000. Deadline 9 July 2020 (12 noon)

  • Places of Worship protective security funding scheme. Funding for security measures to protect against hate crime. Deadline 9 August 2020 (11.59pm)

  • Tesco Bags of help COVID-19 Communities Fund £500 grants for organisations that are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

  • Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 for charities and community groups involved in activities that raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and encourage the community to report loan sharks. Deadline 31 August 2020

  • Bradford Council contract opportunities Speech Language and Communication Needs Services for

  • Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund has reopened for applications.

  • The Tree Council's Branching Out fund is open for applications. Community groups and schools in the UK can apply for grants of £300 to £1,500 for tree and hedge planting projects this winter, to preferably take place during National Tree Week (28 Nov - 6 Dec 2020)

  • Crowdfund Sport is a partnership between Sport England and Crowdfunder. Match funding of up to £10,000 is available for sports and activity groups that raise money from individual donors through the website

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced plans for how it intends to distribute funding over the next few months.

  • National Lottery Community Funding Government funding is now live on the National Lottery Community Fund website and is taking applications. This allocates £200 million to small and medium sized charities.

  • DfE 2020 Holiday Activities and Food Programme Funding available for NEW or existing holiday clubs across Bradford

  • Energy Redress Scheme round 7 is now open with £13 million available for charities to support vulnerable energy consumers. This includes a new Crisis Fund, introduced to help address the impact of COVID-19.

  • Health Inequalities Fund launched by The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WH&H HCP). A pot of £75,000 was allocated to Bradford district for two groups. If you want to apply, contact Ben Cross from the VCS Alliance.

  • A coronavirus funders list has been put together to help find sources for emergency funding.

  • Charity Bank has set up COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Charities and Social Sector Organisations

  • Barclays has launched a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package.

  • Nisa Local have local funding to help through the Making a Difference Locally charity. Find out more.

  • Youth Music has set up an Emergency Fund for music-making organisations affected by the coronavirus. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

  • Turn2us  has set up a Coronavirus Grant Fund to support people who have lost their income as a result of the Coronavirus and to meet their immediate basic household expenses.

  • Defra is making available £3.25mn of new funding through the Resource Action Fund.

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund grants between £3,000 and £50,000 for heritage organisations to offset financial impact of COVID-19.

  • Yorkshire Building Society grants of between £250 and £2,000 to groups helping communities cope with the impact of the epidemic, core, staff and travel costs funded as well as volunteer expenses.  

  • Sport England have released a Community Emergency Fund to enable groups, clubs and charities to apply for funding from £300 - £10,000, to help them meet their financial obligations at the current time.

Volunteering Resources

PAUSE on appeal for coronavirus volunteers  after overwhelming response - thank you for all of your interest in volunteering at this unprecedented time. See media release

Well-Being Services

​If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 999, otherwise we have resources below to help.

  • PHE Psychological First Aid digital training module aimed at frontline essential workers and volunteers

  • DadPad helps dads gain the knowledge and practical skills required to help them give their baby the best possible start in life. See poster for more details

  • Stay Active-Dementia If you have Dementia - it’s important to stay active. Here are 5 great ways to keep moving at home!

  • The Mental Health Foundation have resources on their website for you to use and share this Mental Health Awareness Week as well as a Kindness Matters guide.

  • Bereavement Support: Local counselling services have come together to provide specialist support for families in Bradford district and Craven during the pandemic. Professional counsellors from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) will offer grief and loss counselling.

  • Relationship Matters have a new website which provides support and resources for people experiencing relationship difficulties. It is in partnership with local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber.

  •  A list of support available for young people has been put together with contact details.

  • Staying Put are a domestic violence/abuse charity who provide emergency safe refuge and dispersed accommodation in Bradford, they are still operating the One Front Door offering specialist support, information and ongoing assistance. Between the hours of 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday 0808 2800 999. Outside of working hours contact their National 24-hour helpline.

  • Men's Advice Line confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.

  • Refuge freephone 24-hour Domestic Abuse Helpline for women and children or contact them online

  • *Urgent* First Response are here if you are in a mental health crisis and need urgent support , contact via 01274 22118

  • Women's Aid have a tool to help you find local services and refuges to help with Domestic Abuse

  • The Sanctuary at Mind in Bradford is currently running via telephone only. Referral via First response only.

  • CCGs have released posters for free counselling and one-to-one support in English and other languages.

  • Bradford Council have released a self-help pack with resources, contacts and information locally and nationally

  • Every Mind Matters have published 10 tips to help if you are stressed about coronavirus

  • Mind have issued practical advice to help you look after your well-being during coronavirus

  • Healthy Minds have published a 'coronavirus and your mental health' article with a link to associated services

  • Samaritans have issued advice to help if you're worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Food Bank/Outreach Services

  • Wellsprings Together have produced an information pack for food bank and outreach services currently available

  • Age UK are looking to help older people who are self-isolating with shopping, befriending and posting mail

Further Information and Resources

  • Commissioned Organisations  The council have agreed to support the VCS by paying grants and/or contracts upfront for the whole year. If you are struggling and need your payment in full, then please email your grant manager or commissioner to request this and copy in the procurement team.

  • ALDI Voucher Scheme The scheme launched in March to help organisations help customers.

  • Social Media Toolkit The spotlighted topics include domestic abuse, mental health, drug & alcohol use and voluntary and community support.

  • Yorkshire Sport Foundation have set up a helpline to support clubs and organisations in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire impacted by the coronavirus lockdown. For those unable to call, you can access an online form.

  • Care Quality Commission have produced a document with guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks

  • Alzheimer's Society have produced an activities guide for people living with dementia during this time.

  • Vital have produced a self-care booklet packed with resources and tips.

  • Project Everyone offers a range of resources in text, audio and video formats.

  • BTM - Bradford Talking Media have released Easy Read/booklets/videos and audio links

  • Migration Yorkshire have just launched the new Migrant Information Hub which aims to offer useful information and resources to help migrants, and those supporting them, to stay safe, connected and informed.

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