With the help of VM Ware Staines donation, Surplus to Supper were able to buy and pack Sunbury Community Boxes full of treats for local elderly people in isolation which were distributed with the help of Sunbury Neighbours and London Irish Rugby Club
Colleagues at ServiceNow in Staines raised £8,469 for the Runnymede Foodbank which went directly to putting food on the table for people in the local community facing financial crisis during Covid-19.
There are an estimated 9 million people in the UK who say they are lonely.
These past months have been tough for everyone, but for those living on their own it can be unbearable at times. Doesn’t everyone like a chat?
Befriending up and down the UK has created thousands of new friendships, and many people say their calls are the highlight of their week.
The NHS has online guidance on combatting loneliness at any age https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coping-loneliness-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
If you or someone you know could do with more conversation in their lives, there are number of organisations with befrienders that you can access because a good chat means the world:
SH Age Concern https://www.sh-ac.org.uk/services/
You may want to volunteer as a befriender and we can help you do that too – email email@example.com
Many of our local charities have a new ‘normal’ – adapting their existing services so they can be accessed virtually and creating new online services for their users.
It may look different, but they are still there to help and still able to offer support to our community.
Saturday 10/10/20 is World Mental Health Day with the theme of ‘mental health for all’.
Earlier this year we produced a guide highlighting the range of free online services that can be used to relieve stress or anxiety, which you can download here
Why not use this guide to explore and take part in some of the online activities to help you manage your own mental health.
The number of people with dementia in the UK is estimated at 850,000.
There are around 540,000 carers of people with dementia in England. Approximately one in three of us will care for a person with dementia in our lifetime.
In our community are a number of small charities supporting people with dementia and their carers.
You can help them by becoming a volunteer or by making a donation:
Digital is not something that you do, it is something that you are. It is a set of tools, practices and behaviours that your whole charity needs to adopt.
We have always encouraged small charities with limited resources to embrace digital solutions.
Working at home, social distancing, online fundraising and the offer of virtual services means that a digital workplace has never been more relevant to you than now.
What role can technology play in your charity and what are the best digital options for:
To meet your organisation’s purpose you should make sure all of the digital systems being used are up-to-date, connected to one another and well maintained and ensure your team have a digital skills and inclusion training programme to make the best use of your systems.
This week our social media will cover what you need and what’s available
Surrey County Council have announced a new capital fund of £100 million over 5 years to support community projects. The Fund is planned to launch later this year and SCC would like representatives from voluntary, community and faith organisations to take part in a series of workshops, to help shape how the Fund will be managed.
The consultation workshops take place via Zoom on the following dates in August:
If you would like to take part in one of these workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Community Projects Fund (CPF) is being designed to bring community-led place-making, or place-improving projects to life. It represents a significant opportunity for investment in communities in a meaningful and lasting way. It is being launched in recognition that communities should feel empowered to help shape their local area and builds on the lessons learned from the Council’s previous community grant fund, but aims to be much bolder, and to invest in large community-led projects in a way that will create a real legacy.
The CPF will provide £100m of capital funding to be allocated to community projects over a five-year period. It is intended to support projects put forward by residents, community groups and organisations that meet a set of criteria, designed to ensure the deliverability and sustainability of the proposals put forward. It will specifically provide capital funding – i.e. expenditure relating to an asset such as buildings, equipment, vehicles, public realm rather than cover revenue costs, such as for the running and administration of an organisation. It is intended to be separate to funding for programmes of work where the Council is carrying out its statutory function.
The Fund was already being developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic however it takes on new importance in the context of recovery and supporting the rebuilding of local communities and groups that have been affected.
Surrey County Council want to ensure the CPF meets the requirements of accessibility and deliverability for all communities and potential applicants. We want to ensure the fund is a success and communities benefit.
The aim of the co-design workshops are to test the grant criteria and process that has been developed with residents and community representatives to ensure they will enable the Fund to operate successfully and do not exclude any parts of the county or groups in the community from being able to access it. During the workshops participants will be taken through the application process; helping us to identify any potential barriers to accessing the Fund, or parts that can be streamlined or simplified. The workshops are also being designed to identify the level of support those putting bid applications together, and subsequently delivering projects may require.
The workshops are being designed in collaboration with Council officers and undertaken by an external provider who will facilitate the sessions. They will take the form of five remote 90-minute workshops, each with 4-5 participants. Three of the workshops are proposed to include representation from the VCFS. Ideally we’d like to identify a range of VCFS organisations – in terms of skills, scale or focus – who would be willing to participate.
The findings and recommendations from the co-design work will be used to inform any changes to be made to the process and criteria as required prior to the launch of the Fund.”
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