Blog by Caron Bradshaw for Charity Finance Group
Four weeks ago we started lobbying the Government for the help that only it can provide at the scale the sector needs to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are not left to shoulder the greatest burden in this crisis. Yesterday Rishi Sunak announced an unprecedented, grant-based, injection of cash into the sector. I was asked immediately for my reaction; was I pleased or disappointed? For me, the answer is not binary and I have wrestled with it all night.
We are now well into the third week of more rigorous social distancing measures, following the government’s announcement on 23 March. It is heart-warming to see that most residents across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are helping to protect themselves, others and our NHS by staying at home wherever possible.
There’s a lot of fake news out there about coronavirus so it’s really important to get your news from a trusted source. The NHS has worked with Twitter UK to make sure local NHS organisations are blue-tick verified – so it’s easier to know who to trust. Always look for the tick in a small blue circle next to Twitter names.
New Era is the holistic Domestic Abuse (DA) service operating across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Offering help to all those affected by domestic abuse in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent, it provides free and confidential support for victims, perpetrators and their families.
Information provided is subject to ongoing change as circumstances alter and the providers will endeavour to update through Bulletins where possible.
Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.
Building Futures will offer three major prizes up to £100k to fund projects which support children. Alongside the top prizes there are smaller individual prizes of £1,000 each to give away during April and May 2020.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak all Libraries in Staffordshire are now closed, and our service is suspended until further notice. This includes all:
In response to the Covid-19 crisis there has been a wealth of online materials that have been developed or adapted to support people to keep active. SASSOT has pulled together available content, some of which is highlighted below. Keep checking our website and social media channels for regularly updated content.
Here is the current advice: