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Many charities have been adapting under the pressure of the recent crisis.  Some have turned their services around and continued to support their service users.  Some have been responding as they have been in the best place to do so.  Others have had to reduce and/or temporarily shut.  If you are in a position where you are starting to think about what comes might next, it might be helpful to consider the following.

Charity Catering-VAT Update from the Kubernesis Partnership

For those charities that run their own catering facilities - for example community cafes, bars in community centres, or bars/cafes/restaurants linked to museums, historic properties or arts venues - the Chancellor announced some very important new measures, including a change in the rate of VAT effective from this week (15 July) and an important discount scheme in August.

Manufacturers join forces to produce new ‘reusable’ visors for frontline staff

Protecting frontline workers against the threat of Covid-19 has been the catalyst for nine manufacturers and an engineering design agency to come together to launch a new product.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network, which employs over 2000 people across 21 factories, has invested more than £30,000 into the design and manufacture of the manKIND Visor, an easy to assemble and reusable visor that is more comfortable than the current options available.

Together We're Better Stakeholder Update 6 July 2020

Face masks and coverings have been in the news again this week, with more evidence emerging about their effectiveness in helping to stop the spread of the virus. In the UK, around 23% of the public use face coverings when out and about, which is far lower than other countries. Even in the USA, where there is divided opinion regarding face masks, the number of people wearing them is at about 63%.

Fund helping communities through Coronavirus to be extended

Application deadline: 30 October 2020


A county council fund that has already provided a £155,000 lifeline to help communities through Coronavirus  is to be extended.

Our COVID-19 Support Fund has already helped over 100 organisations and groups, and is now making a further £124,000 available.

The money is available to help groups to recover and adapt, and to get their activities up and running again, as well as to continue supporting people through the crisis.

NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice.

Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.

COVID-19 and Weight Management Survey

The Obesity and Healthy Weight Team in the Diet Obesity and Physical Activity division in Public Health England are looking at people’s experiences with weight management services during the Covid-19 incident.

They are collaborating with Leeds Beckett University, University College London and Leeds University to explore the effects of Covid-19 on young people and adult tier 2 and 3 weight management services (WMS) across England. The survey will take about 18 minutes to complete. Choose the survey for your target group: