Thanks to all our local place of worship, and a big up for Salem Chapel for helping over 100 people!
Well done to Salem Chapel, Tonteg who have been working incredibly hard to support people through Covid-19. They have been busier than bees with foodbank deliveries since the 19th March, they have recently expanded into shopping for vulnerable people, picking up prescriptions, walking dogs and doing weekly phone calls to the lonely. Since mid-March, they have done an incredible 54 prescription deliveries and 51 shops for people and have just helped their 100th person!
They are finding an increase in need for the foodbank (in particular) as more people are financially struggling because of Coronavirus. They are currently supporting 33 households, including 14 families (representing 40 children altogether), with 88 foodbank deliveries since 19th March.
‘We’ve had loads of support from our local community, with over 40 people signing up as volunteers and lots of people donating items and money for the foodbank. We just want to bless our community and support people to stay safe through this difficult time.’
CARERS WALES VETERAN GUIDE
To mark VE Day, Carers Wales, in partnership with Age Cymru’s Project 360° have launched the enclosed guide on entitlements and support for veteran carers and people caring for veterans.
Military Carers Guide press release May 2020
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WHICH? HOW TO PAY VOLUNTEERS HELPING WITH SHOPPING DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN#
The safest and most secure ways to pay a shopping volunteer for your groceries. Click Here for Details
GREAT NEWS! RCT COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER PASSESS £800
We are now well on our way with over £800 raised for volunteer-led community groups in RCT – can you share / donate / do a small fundraising walk to support volunteers to continue their work? Every little bit helps! Join the Campaign
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PAYMENT: CORONAVIRUS
Between 1 May to 31 of July 2020, applications will be treated with greater flexibility and discretion. The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you do not need to pay back. For help, please contact, Citizens Advice RCT 01443 409284 Monday to Friday 9:00 to 16:00, your problem will be assessed and an adviser will call you back as soon as possible. How to apply
Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP) A grant to help with essential costs after an emergency, or if you have experienced a disaster such as a flood or fire in your home, or extreme financial hardship for reasons including delays in benefit payments. The payment will help you cover the cost of food, gas and electricity, clothing and emergency travel. Applications that do not have support from an Approved Partner will automatically be refused.
Individual Assistance Payment (IAP) A grant to help you or someone you care for live independently rather than enter or remain in an institution such as a care home or hospital. With this grant, you can receive:
- white goods such as a fridge, cooker and washing machine
- essential home items such as beds, bedding and seating
PREPARING FOR DIFFERENT FUTURES: FINANCIAL RESILIENCE,
WCVA will be doing a series of events focused on gaining a better understanding of how communities and voluntary organisations have responded to the COVID-19 crisis to date, what we have learnt, and what the implications might be for the future. The first event, Preparing for different futures: financial resilience, will take place on Thursday 14 May from 4pm to 5pm on Teams. To register, Click Here
IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOAN SCHEME
A new change to the scheme means that charities can now apply for loans even if they don’t generate most of their income from trading. Click Here for Details