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#FaithInNHS Poster Competition
In order to support our health system in this time of immense pressure, we want to show everyone that we have faith in our NHS! We're asking kids (yes, and even you big kids) to get involved and make a poster to show what the NHS means to you! Here’s what to do: Create your poster on A4 paper – make sure you include the hashtag #FaithinNHS on it too! Take a photo of it and email it to [email protected] with your first name and age. We'll announce a winner at the end of April. Make sure you display it in your window as well! Take a picture of it on display and send that to us too, if you can do it safely! If you're a winner, we'll send you a FaithAction mug and pen! (Or we will once it's safe for us to get back into the office - might be a little while yet!)
New govt. advice for safe funerals after discussions with faith leaders
Faith leaders have been consulted and worked with PHE to ensure that communities, the funeral industry and the NHS are protected at this time. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease and can be transmitted when large groups of people congregate. However, it has been decided that with certain precautions funerals should continue to take place. Please click here to read the full Public Health England article. You can read the specific guidance here.
Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals
The Department for Education has announced that children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home. Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access. The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department for Education working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible. To read the full press release, please click here.
FUNDING: London Community Response Fund
London Funders are coordinating a new fund called the London Community Response Fund. Objectives of Fund The Fund aims to provide coordinated funding for local groups that are supporting communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Fund offers one single application point for groups to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way. There will be multiple “waves” of funding. The first wave focuses on addressing urgent needs of organisations, while later funding will support organisations to deliver services in new ways to support communities, and to ensure that their longer-term needs are considered. During the first wave of funding organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Larger grants will be available during the second wave of funding. A total of over £5 million will be awarded in grants. Who Can Apply The following organisations can apply during Wave 1: Registered charities. Registered Community Interest Companies (CICs). Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). Charitable companies (limited by guarantee). Mutual aid groups that have come together to respond to the crisis but have not applied for funding before and are not able to hold a grant will need to find an organisation in the list above…
NHS guidance for children and young people’s social prescribing
Interest in social prescribing for children and young people is increasing. In some areas, it is already happening, while others have said that they would welcome guidance. In response, NHS England & Improvement have commissioned the following guidance, which is now open for consultation. Whether you are a commissioner, coordinator, provider, funder, researcher or have any other interest in children and young people’s services and wellbeing, your opinion is welcomed. Please click the link below to access the draft guidance and survey, as well as additional information. It will stay open until 5pm on 17th April. Most questions require tick-box answers only, and it should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. To take the survey, please click here.
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