Hello, I hope you’re all keeping well. Here’s the latest update we’ve sent out to voluntary groups. Beth
From lockdown and quarantine to firebreaks and tiers… while the terminology (and government advice) may change constantly, the Volunteer Centre continues to steer a steady ship in the storm of Covid!* This month we have yet more resources for you – hopefully some will prove useful…
If your group needs financial support to maintain services, you may consider making contact with our most local grant-making trust. Godinton Charitable Trust supports community organisations and good causes within the borough with grants ranging from £250 to £500.
You could also approach your ward member, as all councillors have a fund of £3000 a year which they can use to support community projects.
Finally, you might be aware of a self-employed person who could struggle if they had to self-isolate. In which case, the grant for low income workers in the borough could come in very handy.
Fraud, friendships and facts
Since the beginning of the pandemic there has apparently been a significant increase in fraud, so it’s worth checking out the help sheets, tutorials and case studies put together for Charity Fraud Awareness Week (October 19-22) by the Fraud Advisory Panel.
Following hot on its heels is Befriending Week (November 1-7) which raises awareness and celebrates the impact of the nation’s befrienders. Covid has brought the plight of loneliness to the fore more than ever, so if you’d like to get involved take a look at the resources from Befriending Networks.
We’ve provided many links and information sources over the last six months, most of which (and more!) you can now find on the Kent Resilience Forum. This includes up-to-date information on how to support people safely during the pandemic and other emergencies.
If there’s a particular subject you’d like to know more about in the next newsletter please get in touch. In the meantime, we wish you all a safe and healthy autumn.
With best wishes from Beth and the team at Ashford Volunteer Centre
*For those of you struggling to keep up with Covid terminology, Age UK Bromley & Greenwich have compiled a handy glossary!