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Latest Covid-19 updates – 25/9/20


The regional flu comms toolkit for people with learning disabilities is now live. It is designed to support our flu / winter campaigning, specifically to target people with learning disabilities and their carers (family member or support worker). Both are identified as ‘at risk’ groups eligible to receive a free flu vaccination.

The toolkit stresses why these cohorts are a priority in terms of addressing recognised health inequalities and premature mortality. Regional have reiterated why in conjunction with promoting the flu vaccine please ensure the Annual Health Checks agenda is high on our radar over the next 6 months-year.

There is a final resource is in the pipeline to bolster the toolkit offering – a flu vaccine awareness video being developed with Misfits who are a learning disability drama group. Regional has pitched it as  ‘humorous yet hard-hitting’ which is exactly what they are known for. The aim is for this to go live asap but currently in editing and final stages of national sign off. As soon as it is live, regional will circulate a link.

This toolkit can be shared with learning disability boards and key advocacy groups. The toolkit also features suggestions for Facebook posts and Tweets.



Two Training Courses – Creative Writing and Developing your Communications!

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change are putting on two really good courses – see attachments!



Compensation for victims

Operation Octagon relates to a Devon and Cornwall Police investigation into a Currency Exchange business based in Hayle, which began in 2010.
In 2017, confiscation and compensation orders were issued and since then as funds have been made available, some victims have received their compensation.
Further funds are still outstanding and the HMCTS London Regional Confiscation Unit is beginning to reach out to the remaining victims who are due compensation.
Latest information and contact details can be found here –



Fuel Vouchers

Just to let you know, and for you to circulate among your colleagues in Cornwall, front line workers in particular, if they have anyone who could benefit from our ERS Fuel vouchers Scheme.

Until 14 October 2020 we still have some Energy Vouchers we can give away to people in the Cornwall area in need who have prepayment meters and who are finding it difficult to top up their meter so they could be without gas or electric if they cannot afford to top up.  They also have to show that they have been affected by Covid 19 in some way even if it just more time at home.

Please make referrals for us to follow up with the client direct on our external agency referral form. The person you are referring must know the referral is being made and consent to the sharing of data. In the box ‘Brief outline of advice needed including advice given’ you can specify why you have referred this person, including for the top up scheme you have mentioned below.

The link and password to make a referral is: and the password cabrefgreen27

The Energy fund is for people in crisis with their fuel,  and is only applicable for people with pre-payment card/key meters.  Once we receive the referral we will contact the client to discuss if they are eligible.



Black Voices Cornwall

Please see our website  which will take you straight to our BITESIZE Black History section which we intend to give to every school in Cornwall , and also you can view our 10 aims as an organisation.

Please do pass this link onto the people who attended today and any other partner agency that they are connected to.



BNF Healthy Eating Week 2020  and our HSW New Recipe Book  

Health Eating week is fast approaching and we have finalised our new HSW Health Eating Recipe Book. The book has been put together with the help of our culinary minded champs who have shared some tasty recipes!  We hope you enjoy having a go at the recipes and we welcome any feedback and photos of your exploits. Within the recipe book you will also find further signposting and links to resources from various nutrition and health organisations.

There are loads of ways that you can promote next week’s campaign, so get as inventive as possible. Perhaps you want to organise a healthy Microsoft teams/virtual lunch and learn, where you can swap your favourite recipes, host your own version of a bake off competition with a healthy twist, make healthy eating part of the agenda at your next team meeting or simply share some of the BNF resources.  Let us know what you get up to in your teams to support health eating week!

For the healthy eating week campaign, commencing next week on Monday 28TH September-4th Oct, the British Nutrition Foundation have released a load of free resources to support their campaign which you can find on their website. Register your interest to find out more.  I have also attached/hyperlinked some of the BNF resources above including posters, bunting and nutrition guides. The BNF are launching daily virtual cooking classes , webinars and running dedicated days throughout the week focusing on different nutrition related topics and the benefits to your health, outlined below:

Monday – Eat More Wholegrains

Tuesday –Vary Your Veg

Wednesday-Drink Plenty

Thursday-Move more

Friday- Be mind kind

Saturday- Get active Together

Sunday- Eat together                                                                                  



Healthy Eating for: Schools, Teachers, Parents and Kids

There are a range of fantastic online resources for schools with regard to healthy eating including Food for lifeFood fact for life and Jamie’s Kitchen Garden Project in association with the food for life soil association which empowers primary school teacher to integrate growing and cooking into the school day. There is also the Change 4 Life resources a public health program with food facts, lunchbox ideas and activities for kids. Additionally there is a fantastic support from The Countryside Classroom that helps teachers to find resources , places to visit  and school support relating to themes of food, farming and the natural environment. There is a whole host of wonderful content and excellent free resources on their website that I encourage you to have a look at.



THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND LEADERS WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE FUND – Revenue grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 over 2 years for UK not-for-profit organisations with leaders who have lived through, experienced and survived a particular social issue, and are able to apply that experience and learning to enable communities to move towards recovery and renewal following COVID-19.

Application deadline: Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 5pm.
Funder: The National Lottery Community Fund.
Who can apply: UK voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, constituted groups or clubs, not-for-profit companies and Community Interest Companies.

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Fund is a revenue grant programme that aims to support not-for-profit organisations which have been set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue and are trying to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences. The Fund will support lived experience leadership and ensure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19. Grants are available for up to 2 years. It is anticipated that between 30 and 40 grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 will be awarded across the UK.

Please note that organisations which have already applied for COVID-19 funding from the National Lottery Community Fund can also apply to the Leaders with Lived Experience programme.

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) defines a “lived experience leader” as “someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences and works with them to achieve positive change”.

A ‘Lived Experience Leader’ could be, for example (please note that this is not an exclusive list):

o A person who has lost a loved one to suicide sets up and runs a support group for others who have lost someone to suicide.
o A person with HIV who has set up and is running a peer-to-peer support service for other people with HIV, 
o Someone who has been homeless who is working to improve homelessness services

UK voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, constituted groups or clubs, not-for-profit companies and Community Interest Companies may apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £50,000 over two years.

Applying organisations must meet the following criteria.

o They are run by leaders with lived experience.
o They have a leadership that reflects the people the organisation aims to support, 
o They were established (i.e. founded) by a leader with lived experience.

Grants can be used for a wide range of items, including:

o Equipment.
o One-off events.
o Staff costs.
o Training costs.
o Transport.
o Utilities/running costs, 
o Volunteer expenses.

Funding is not available for:

o Alcohol.
o Applications made by one organisation on behalf of another.
o Capital costs (eg, buying or refurbishing buildings).
o Companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution.
o Electricity generation and feed-in tariff payments.
o Individuals.
o Loans, endowments or interest.
o Organisations based outside the UK.
o Paying another person to write an application on their behalf.
o Political or religious activities.
o Profit-making or fundraising activities.
o Schools.
o Sole traders.
o Statutory activities.
o Statutory bodies (including town, parish and community councils), 
o VAT that can be reclaimed.

Further information, guidance notes and an online application form is available on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

Contact details for the Fund are:

The UK Portfolio Team
The National Lottery Community Fund
1 Plough Place
028 9568 0143



THE AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND – Funding up to £50,000 available to UK charities with innovative, forward-thinking ideas that will help build stronger communities across the United Kingdom.

Application deadline: Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 23:59.
Funder: The Aviva Community Fund (the Aviva Community Fund is the charitable arm of Aviva Insurance).
Who can apply:  small UK based charities and Community Interest Companies with an annual income of less than £1 million.

The Aviva Community Fund believes that the charities able to make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas without fear of risk. It is therefore seeking to provide funding up to £50,000 for small charities with forward-thinking ideas. Applicants should be seeking to raise funds to:

o Develop a new approach product or technology.
o Expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK
o Implement a new initiative, 
o Pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand.

Applications should fall within one of our two key funding areas:

1. Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent, and/or
Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

Applicants must:

o Be a living wage employee (if the organization employs people).
o Be a UK registered charity, a registered community interest company or a registered community benefit society.
o Be based in the UK.
o Have a bank account in its own name.
o Have an active board of trustees or director.
o Have an annual income of no more than £1,000,000, as evidenced by information submitted to the Charity Commission, HMRC or Companies House, 
Have existed for at least 12 months at the time of submission.

UK charities and Community Interest Companies with an annual income of less than £1 million can submit applications for projects seeking to raise up to £50,000.

If submitted in connection with a religious organisation, projects should be accessible to persons of any religious belief.

Funding will be distributed using a Crowdfunding approach.  This means that projects will be posted on Crowdfunder and a total of £250,000 will then be shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate directly to those projects that matter the most to them.

Charities can also reach out to their networks and the general public to raise their target amount. They will be able to withdraw the money once they have reached their target.

The deadline for submitting an application is 23:59 on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

Further information, guidance and details about how to apply is available on the Aviva Community Fund website.


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