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Another TPAS webinar…
On 12th May TPAS will be hosting its first online event for all members to join – it will give you the lowdown of engagement in lockdown.
You will hear from Landlord members talking about how they are dealing with the crisis and TPAS will also have a session and Q&A on Procurement.April 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm in reply to: Funding for charities, community groups and social enterprises #3624
More on financial support for the third sector…
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have set up a coronavirus information hub which includes up to date guidance and funding opportunities.
Accessing the internet has always been an uphill battle for people in poverty. Aple Collective, a national collective of individuals who experience poverty, has recently written a blog on the digital disconnect for people on low incomes.
The Disconnect: Swallowing Pride and Feeling Locked Out – https://www.aplecollective.com/?p=342
The South West network will be meeting fortnightly to discuss their response to the coronavirus pandemic and its challenges and opportunities.
The next meeting will take place this Friday at 11. You can register for this event and more in the series by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-west-network-meeting-tickets-102664247528
To give an update, the first meeting of the Scottish network for community investment happened on 6 April. It meeting was well attended by housing professionals across Scotland from smaller housing associations such as Glen Housing based in Fife, to larger ones like Linc.
Attendees discussed how their housing associations had been responding to covid-19. Many reported that initial work has been around shopping for elderly and vulnerable residents, dropping off food and medicine and co-ordinating with other local service partners.
Setting up Whatsapp groups as an internal means of communication between staff and tenants was another strategy that seemed to be successful.
The Scottish network will be meeting fortnightly from now on to discuss their responses to coronavirus and explore collective priorities. Their next meeting will be on April 20. Follow the link below to register for meetings in the series.
Train companies have announced today that they’ll be offering free train travel to those fleeing domestic abuse. This has come out of a partnership between train companies and women’s aid.
I just read this great piece from JRF on how digital exclusion effects low income communities.This blog written by the APLE Collective, is part of a series which discusses the lived experience of people trapped in poverty and living through the COVID-19 lockdown.
Here’s an extract from the blog:
“The digital divide doesn’t just mean having access to wifi, but the ability to pay for it. Our communities who live on a low income or social security benefits are unable to pay for this access. The digital divide also incurs expenses when paying for hardware (computers and devices) and finally people may not have the opportunity to access support to help them use technology.
We ask the Government to find practical solutions to cross the digital divide and introduce free wifi for vulnerable low-income groups. According to the Office for National Statistics, ‘in 2018 there were still 5.3 million adults in the UK, or 10.0% of the adult UK population’ who are non-internet users.”April 7, 2020 at 8:36 am in reply to: Funding for charities, community groups and social enterprises #3479
Thanks for this really useful post, Rob.
This morning I also came across a similar scheme which Catalyst housing are running. They’ve set up a fund to help small charities and voluntary organisations to continue to deliver much needed support to communities during the coronavirus outbreak.
You can find more info about it here: https://www.chg.org.uk/news/43027/coronavirus-voluntary-sector-support-fund/
The National Housing Federation have also put together a comprehensive list of resources that housing providers can use to help them vanigate and understand changes to the benefits system. Here’s a link to the website: https://www.housing.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/coronavirus–changes-to-the-benefits-system/
This blog by NCVO is also a good resource for those asking the question, are people still allowed to volunteer during lockdown?
Following on from this, here’s a link to a more general guide on Charity Jobs on how to work from home successfully.The overriding tone of this article is about treating staff and colleagues with care during this difficult time and trusting them to go on at their own pace.
Have a read here: https://recruiternews.charityjob.co.uk/working-from-home-how-to-make-it-work/?_cldee=YW5kcmV3LnZhbmRvb3JuQGhhY3Qub3JnLnVr&recipientid=contact-e607b151bf45e411a009d89d67635d70-0527dadf233245aa832c322274fb394d
The Care Quality Commission also issued guidance on 16 March announcing a halt to routine inspections and a shift towards more remote measures.