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Coronavirus Advice for Groups

Date: 20 Mar 2020     

High Peak CVS

Coronavirus Advice for Groups



News: Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice for Groups

The coming weeks will offer challenges, concern and confusion to many people across the Country. Advice and guidance is changing on a daily basis and therefore it is important at all times to follow the most up to date information from reliable sources.

The link below is to the Derbyshire County Council website which is updated at 3pm every day with the latest information:


At High Peak CVS we see every day the fantastic work that groups and individuals undertake which has significant impact to those communities that need it the most. The Health and Wellbeing of the public is the absolute priority at this time but we are aware there will be practical and significant concerns regarding your groups and members. Below is a handy checklist to work through to ensure everything is under control and you are doing everything to stay safe:

- Regularly check the latest information from proven sources and follow the guidance given (Derbyshire County Council link above). Share this with group members so everyone is up to date.

- Consider a buddy system with members of your group. Arranging scheduled calls to check on each other. Sometimes just chatting can make all the difference.

- Remember YOU are part of the group too so ensure you are getting the same support as everyone else.

- Contact your funders. They are all aware of the current situation and will support you in ensuring the group can deal with a loss of service.

- Avoid Social Contact where possible – events, meetings may need to be postponed. Ensure everyone is notified including venue organisers and attendees.

- Consider virtual meetings. Many people are utilising video conferencing to ensure face to face or telephone meetings can still go ahead.

- If you are concerned about a particular group member then please do get in touch.    However, for health related concerns contact 111 or in an emergency 999.

Our message to you is simple.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Isolation and restrictions over the coming weeks is a real challenge but there are lots of community, voluntary and statutory services out there that can help.

High Peak CVS will be contacting all our members over the coming weeks to offer our support but please do get in touch if you have any concerns or queries regarding your group, members or anything suggested above. You can contact us at: hello@highpeakcvs.org.ukor call and leave a message on 01663 735350.

News: Foundation Derbyshire Coronavirus Funding

Foundation Derbyshire’s Coronavirus Fund has been established to support community groups and organisations working to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus in Derbyshire.


Subject to available funds, their initial focus is on providing £1000 emergency grants to Food Banks (that may be experiencing a fall in food donations and/or increases in demand) and befriending services, who will play a key role in helping those in self-isolation, as a result of the virus.

As the situation develops and they understand more fully where the pressures and challenges are, they aim to respond to the needs of community and voluntary groups more widely and will also review the size of grants that they are able to award.

The National Emergencies Trust will also be using Foundation Derbyshire to distribute money that they are raising - further information on their website next week.

If your group would like to apply to the Foundation Derbyshire Coronavirus Fund, email the Grants Team at emergencies@foundationderbyshire.org

News: £1m for Charity Coronavirus Poverty Relief

Martin Lewis is making £1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief.

To try and help Martin Lewis plans to release £1,000,000 from a personal charity fund to provide grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.

Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more.  The hope is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks, and they are looking for projects that are up and running, or are in the process of being set up, to deliver help at speed. 


Other News

News: Calor Gas Rural Community Fund

Every year Calor Gas offer rural communities that aren't connected to the mains gas grid the chance to gain funding for incredible projects that will improve local life.

Applications are open and you have until 9th April to submit your project for funding. So, get your thinking caps on and apply for up to £5,000 of our £85,000 funding pot.


News: Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities is a support programme for people who are unemployed or economically inactive (haven’t worked for 4 weeks and
are not planning to work for another 4 weeks) aged 16+ (or 15 if not in employment, education, or training ) that is designed to promote social
inclusion and to remove barriers to employment.

The programme is funded jointly by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund operating across Derbyshire (as well as Derby City, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire) and has three strands:

1) Towards Work – For people who want to access training or employment but have barriers preventing them from moving forward. Examples of barriers could be mental health, disability, low skills, criminal record and childcare.

- Personalised 1:1 support to move closer to work, education or training for 12 months, including 3 months in-work support

- Support with the costs of travel, childcare, qualifications and other barriers if identified within their needs assessment.




2) Opportunity and Change – For people who have multiple complex needs, which are preventing them from being socially included and preventing them from achieving stability to gain employment. Multiple and complex needs include homelessness, or being vulnerably housed, having mental health issues, substance misuse issues, offending or ex-offending past (need to have at least 2 complex needs to be eligible).

- Personalised 1:1 support with work for 12-18 months  - Support with the costs of travel, childcare etc. if identified within needs assessment at a barrier



3) Money Sorted – For people who require assistance with money management and financial inclusion support.​

- Personalised 1:1 support with work for 6 months 

- Support with the costs of travel, childcare etc. if identified within needs assessment at a barrier



Please note that an individual can self-refer, or an organisation can refer on an individual’s behalf. If you would like to refer in to the strands, please find the details of each delivery partner local to you by going to the websites above.

We are particularly trying to gain referrals from women who have childcare requirements and might want to start thinking about training or qualifications that might help them get back in to work.

If you have any questions or would like to develop stronger pathways between BBO and another organisation, please contact Rosie Morton, Derbyshire Stakeholder Manager for the BBO programme: Rosie.Morton@derbyshire.gov.uk / 07850503171. 

The Quick Referral Guide: 


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