A new role for communities
The transformation in local support at a street level by neighbours and volunteers is so remarkable. Social media has enabled people to connect and organise in the community like never before. We can work together to thank all those people involved, but need to support them and provide them with the funds they need to do what they do so well. Please take a look at the on-line article from Cormac Russell below. Interlink has seen £25,000 go out through the door in a few weeks through our small and medium grants (we are now sadly running out of funds) for incredible community-led action to support those most in need. There are still plenty of funds out there, though applying for them might be a bit more difficult. Get in touch if you need help with funding through email@example.com or 01443 846200.
THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC HEALTH WALES
The latest statements, information on the pandemic in Wales, how to volunteer safety and lots more! Please visit their website.
SUPPORT FROM DWR CYMRU
At Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, we know that COVID-19 has brought with it some very difficult conditions. COVID-19 has been extremely disruptive, especially when it comes to businesses’ ability to trade and generate income. We’ve put in place the below temporary changes (since 23rd March) to help businesses:
- We are offering payment holidays and revised payment plans.
- We’re also stopping disconnection for non-payment.
- From 23rd March, and throughout the time a business is temporarily closed and is not occupied due to COVID-19, we will not charge you standing charges. However, we will still send bills for water and sewerage services used up to 23rd March.
Want to find out more? Visit our website
GOV.UK GUIDANCE FOR CHARITIES IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
Guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) related financial difficulties in charities and how to work through them. Please visit their website.
RCTCBC BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE
All retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value below £500,000 will receive 100% non-domestic rates relief in 2020-21. The Council will automatically award this relief to qualifying businesses which means you do not have to make an application or contact the Council about this. If your business qualifies for the new relief, you will receive confirmation of this within the next 10 days and you can be assured that the Council will not collect a payment from your bank account on 15th April if you pay your rates by Direct Debit. A full list of qualifying businesses is available from Business Wales.
In addition, any business that is eligible for Small Business Rates Relief on 20th March 2020 – those with a rateable value up to £12,000 – will receive a grant of £10,000. Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.
In order to be considered for a grant payment of either £10,000 or £25,000 you must complete and submit the online application form, along with supporting evidence of your bank account, which can be uploaded, as part of the application process.
Request grant for your business: Apply online
FROM DEFICIT-BASED TO ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DRIVEN RESPONSES TO COVID19
Over the next few months, I will regularly share new and emerging practice through my ‘Guide for Professionals working in Citizen Space, during and beyond COVID-19’. Over the next two weeks, I will focus on how best to pivot from an exclusively deficit-based response to the crisis, towards an asset-based community driven approach and I propose 11 shifts in narrative and approach. Please click here to read the guide.
Thanks for all the positive feedback on the emails, please tell us anything you need to share.
Take care and as always, keep your distance and stay safe
Simon James, Chief Executive