Offices closed to visitors

Whilst our offices are closed to the public, we are still working hard and are contactable by video, email and phone. 

We want you to stay healthy at home and so if you need help, please think about asking your family, neighbours and friends first. 

We are also operating a 'Stay healthy at Home' out of hours service during evenings from 5 - 8pm and weekends 9am - 8pm for people who are genuinely isolated.  This service helps connect people to community resources and groups who can provide assistance. Please call: 07851 248576.


Coronavirus (COVID‑19) - Keep Wales Safe

  • Always observe social distancing;
  • Wash your hands regularly;
  • If you meet another household, outside your extended household, stay outdoors work from home if you can;
  • Stay at home and get tested if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.

Up to the end of June....

Our team and volunteers HAVE been busy! And we have nearly completed an additional four weeks !


Still time to apply for funding up to £2,500 to maintain or increase support for vulnerable individuals and communities affected by Covid-19

Apply now! Supported by Welsh Government's Integrated Care Fund, the deadline for the Third Sector Small Capital Grant 2020 - 2021 has been extended to 14 August.

The purpose of this small grant is to maintain or increase voluntary/community services to support vulnerable individuals and communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Grant funding is up to £2,500 for smaller capital items only and beneficiaries must include any of the following groups:

  • older people;
  • carers, including young carers;
  • people with learning disabilities and children with complex needs.

Funding requests must fit with the overall ICF Grant criteria which is targeted at the following beneficiary groups:

  • older people including those with dementia;
  • children with complex needs;
  • people with learning disabilities and carers. 

This funding can be utilised by third sector registered charities and not for profit constituted groups who serve the target group/s and who need to adapt and change to address the increasing demands brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic.

| Read more and download an application form here |


Latest funding alert...

There are lots of funders listed in our latest e-briefing, all looking to support local groups and social enterprises working on Covid-19 responses.  

| Download our latest funding e-briefing here |


Latest updates :

(Further daily updates are also available by visiting our Latest news web page and our Facebook and Twitter feeds)

10 August 2020
CERi is a virtual agent that has been trained by NHS staff and members of the public in Cwm Taf Morgannwg to answer general questions you may have on COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.  | Read more |

Bawso will be overseeing and delivering funds through a new grants programme on behalf of Comic Relief and the National Emergencies Trust who are committed to making funds available to BAME community organisations in Wales that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are seeking to support their beneficiaries affected by the pandemic.  | Read more |

7 August 2020
Gyms and swimming pools set to reopen - | Read about latest changes here |

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have set up a cross-sector working group to look at a post-Covid19 green recovery for Wales. The group is looking to develop ideas that link climate action with job creation, and inclusive and fair economic growth. | Read more |

5 August 2020
Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

4 August 2020
Shielding:
https://gov.wales/written-statement-new-letter-chief-medical-officer-wales-those-who-are-shielding
https://gov.wales/guidance-protecting-people-most-likely-get-very-poorly-coronavirus-shielding-easy-read-guide

Testing:
https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-toolkit-critical-worker-employers 
https://gov.wales/guidance-testing-and-contact-tracing-education-settings
https://gov.wales/guidance-testing-and-contact-tracing-childcare-settings

Care Homes: https://gov.wales/care-homes-action-plan

Protecting Staff and Children in childcare: https://gov.wales/protecting-staff-and-children-coronavirus-childcare 

Guidance for dealing with those who are unwilling or unable to self-isolate or follow coronavirus lockdown instructions:
https://gov.wales/guidance-dealing-people-who-are-unwilling-or-unable-self-isolate-or-follow-coronavirus-lockdown

Travel/Tourism:
https://gov.wales/written-statement-health-protection-coronavirus-international-travel-wales-amendment-no3
https://gov.wales/written-statement-cultural-recovery-fund
https://gov.wales/securing-the-future-of-wales-culture-sector
https://gov.wales/health-protection-coronavirus-international-travel-wales-amendment-no-3-regulations-2020

Extension of self isolation period:
https://gov.wales/joint-statement-uk-chief-medical-officers-extension-self-isolation-period

3 August 2020
New coronavirus guidance to support providers of higher education and further education in Wales. 

COVID19: Safe use of multi-purpose community centres.

Further relaxation of COVID19 lockdown in Wales announced.

COVID19: Information and links from Welsh Government.

31 July 2020
Mental health organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 31 March 2021, with £5,000 being the smallest grant available. The deadline for applications has been extended. Applications can be submitted up until 5pm, 10 August 2020. | Read more |

Still time to apply for funding up to £2,500 to maintain or increase support for vulnerable individuals and communities affected by Covid-19 | Read more |

23 July 2020
Families where children are eligible to receive free school meals are being reminded that they need to inform Bridgend County Borough Council if they are planning to go on holiday or spend time away from home over the summer period so that weekly food parcel deliveries do not take place. | Read more |

22 July 2020
LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirusc pandemic and beyond. | Read more |

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19. | Read more |

The Welsh language is prominent on our high streets, hospitals and public spaces. So, as organisations reopen, we need to ensure that any new safety signage is in line with the same high standards of bilingualism that are appreciated by service users and are required by funders. | Read more |

As Wales gradually moves out of this period of lockdown and move into a new phase of living with Covid-19, Sight Cymru would like to urge policy and decision makers to keep the needs of those with sight loss, and indeed, people with all impairments, at the forefront of any policy change or decision made. | Read more |


Find local support groups

Find voluntary services at your fingertips! Find a wide variety of excellent voluntary and community services that are able to provide information and support so that people can make an informed choice.
 
en.infoengine.cymru/

www.dewis.wales/

infoengine - are you offering support to your community during the Coronavirus epidemic?

Promote the services you have available. Register on to en.infoengine.cymru/ the online directory of third sector services, to let your community know how you can help them in these difficult times.

| Read more |

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The outbreak COVID-19 may be stressful for people - How to protect your mental health

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress and looking after your mental health will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. There is a lot of online advice and news articles out there to help people through this period of change. | Read more here |


NEW DWP website provides information about Coronavirus and claiming benefits

It is being updated regularly with the  arrangements the Department of Work and Pensions is making to support those affected by the coronavirus

www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/


With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from Government can change quickly.

For all the latest Government information on COVID-19 and the measures the Government, and Devolved Governments, are taking, please visit the UK Government website and the Welsh Government websitec.

| Read more here |


Useful links:

Further guidance regarding the Coronavirus can be found via:

NHS Coronavirus overview

ACAS Coronavirus advice for employers and employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Welsh Government

Government’s Corona Virus Action Plan