Solihull Covid-19 Update

The below update is provided by CAVA (Community and Voluntary Action)


Welcome to our latest update.  With Covid infections rising dramatically in Solihull, we have details of the latest government guidance on how to stay safe, plus advice from Solihull Council and Public Health England.  We also have details of Solihull Council’s new “Community Champions” programme, through which the local community can get involved in the fight against coronavirus.
We have news of a number of health and wellbeing initiatives, a call out for volunteer telephone befrienders, and a range of funding opportunities.

In this edition… 
News and Updates 
Health and Wellbeing 
Training and Events 
If you would like any news or information included in our next update please contact us:  or call 07966 380 289. 

News and Updates
COVID-19 – The situation in Solihull
The situation in Solihull continues to be of concern. Over the last week, the number of cases has risen dramatically. Alongside this, hospital admissions for Covid cases are steadily increasing. Consequently, Solihull (along with Sandwell and Birmingham in the West Midlands) is now on the government’s watch list. We have been designated an area for additional support. That doesn’t mean extra restrictions, as in towns like Leicester and Bolton. But it does mean we need to redouble our efforts to ensure we don’t become one of those places.
So, please do encourage people through your networks to make every effort. Coronavirus is still a very real threat and the message remains simple:Wash your hands regularlyWear a mask in enclosed spacesKeep your distanceGet a test and self-isolate if you have symptoms.The government’s new summary message is HANDS – FACE – SPACE.
If we can all do this, the infection rate in Solihull should start to fall. If it continues to rise, further restrictions are likely and none of us wants that.

To see SMBC’s press release please visit this link

SMBC, Public Health and Birmingham & Solihull CCG have made a short video about the current situation, which can be viewed here.

New Local Covid-19 Restrictions
Residents of Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull are subject to additional restrictions, which came into force yesterday.
In addition to the national restrictions (which include a ban on meeting socially in groups of more than six), new restrictions apply if you are a resident of Birmingham, Sandwell or Solihull, including a ban on hosting people that you don’t live with in your home or garden, unless they are in your support bubble.
For details please see this link

Covid-19 Guidance for Sports and Physical Activity Providers
Solihull Active has shared detailed Covid-19 guidance for those wishing to restart sport and/or physical activity provision.
Please see this link
Become a COVID-19 Community Champion
Solihull Council has established a COVID-19 Community Champions network to empower thousands of Solihull residents to remain up to date on the latest advice about COVID-19.
As a Community Champion, the council will keep you informed of the latest advice and guidance so that you can help your family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus. By having and sharing clear information, you, your friends, family and community can make informed choices.
Community Champions will also be able to let the council know what is and isn’t working in terms of Covid responses at the local level.
Together we can do all we can to make sure that everyone in Solihull has the information they need to stay safe and healthy.
For more information and to sign up follow this link 

Furlough scheme mistakes?
HMRC has updated its guidance on what to do if you’ve claimed too much or too little under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Find out more.

Locality Working Survey
Locality Working in Solihull aims to bring together everyone who plays an active part in our community, including local authority teams, emergency services, health providers and residents, to develop new ideas to help address local issues.
CASB’s Kerry Turner is the VCS representative for the Localities Board in Solihull. In order to represent the sector, Kerry would like to know whether your organisation is familiar with the Locality Working initiative, whether you have seen the three plans (north/east/west) and whether you are involved in the task groups.  Kerry would also like to gain feedback for future Locality Working meetings (eg information on the services you are providing or what you would like to see).
Please take a moment to complete Kerry’s very short survey via this link
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Training Venues Needed!
The Commonwealth Games are looking for the best training facilities in the West Midlands to host sports teams from across the Commonwealth and become games time training venues.
These are the facilities where athletes will fine-tune their preparations for Birmingham 2022. If you’re associated with a fantastic sporting venue, they’d like to hear from you.
For details please see this link.
Solihull Community Network 
Colebridge Trust and The Active Wellbeing Society have launched a new, free, online network, where you can find out about local activities, community groups, jobs and much more.
If you would like to join the network then please email with the following details:
Age (must be over 16)
Group name (if applicable)
PostcodeArea where activity is delivered 
Brief description(less than 50 words) to describe your activity
Reason for registering.
For more details please contact Sarah Treadwell-Baker at Colebridge Trust:    

Health and Wellbeing 
Supporting People with Hearing Loss during Covid-19
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) has produced guidance on supporting people with hearing loss and tinnitus during the COVID-19.
For details please click here 
Every Mind Matters – looking after a child or young person’s mental health
Advice, information and resources are available for parents and carers on the national website.
See this link
Keep Active with Mencap
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11.00am
To help people get back to exercising, Mencap is starting fun fitness sessions via Zoom.
For details, and to sign up, please see this link.
Chatty Café online
Tuesdays – 1.00pm; Thursdays – 12.00pm; Fridays – 1.00pm
Sessions for up to 10 people are held on Zoom each week. Many of those that attend are unable, for mental health or physical reasons, to visit their local Chatter & Natter venues.

To join the Chatty Café programme contact Jenny Bimpson: / 07465 966 597
Wellbeing Activities with Bosworth Community Centre
Bosworth Community Centre has shared Youtube videos around art, meditation and seated yoga – with more sessions being added every week.
Click the links to view:
Art – Tree Painting
Art – Rock painting
Guided Meditation
Seated Yoga
If you would like to join the mailing list to receive these videos, please contact Punam: 

Age UK – Telephone Befrienders
Age UK Solihull is seeking telephone befrienders to support isolated older people. The charity now has a waiting list of older people who are lonely and isolated and for whom a friendly phone call once or twice a week will make a huge difference.  Many previous volunteers are now going back to work so are no longer available for telephone befriending, so Age UK is keen to hear from new people. Volunteers say this is a very rewarding role as they are making a positive difference to someone’s life. Age UK’s staff are available to support all telephone befrienders, and can arrange further support for the clients if this becomes necessary. 
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Age UK’s Volunteer Coordinator, Catherine Gulati: / 07397 718455.
For details and to download an application form, see this link.

Warwickshire Wildlife Ttust: LYRiC – Love Your River Cole

Warwicshire Wildlife Trust (WkWT) is looking to work in the local community along the River Cole and engage people with their river. This will involve getting people out and about on the river and the greenspaces it flows through, to help look after it.Activities will include:Learning about and identifying the creatures that live in the waterTesting the water qualityHelping to look after the habitat in and out of the water by doing practical habitat managementWkWT is hoping to collaborate with existing community groups to find volunteers who would like to take part and possibly set up new groups too.

Why is this important? At the moment the River Cole is not in overall great condition for people or wildlife. It has the potential to be a great quality river that will be an asset to the local community and support lots of wildlife but help is needed to make these improvements.There is a well-studied link between the ecological quality of an environment and the happiness of its local community. By improving the state of the River Cole, WkWT hopes to not only benefit the natural wildlife but also the many people in communities surrounding the river. For more information please see this link 

Safeline: Clinical Assessments & Services Manager
£28,000 FTE. 30hrs/week
Application deadline: Tuesday 22nd September, 5.00pm
Safeline is looking to recruit a Clinical Assessments and Services Manager to join its established clinical team who can help Safeline provide an effective counselling service both in their Stratford on Avon and Warwick offices. 
Find out more
Sir Josiah Mason Trust
SJMT is recruiting for a number of roles, based in Solihull.

Housing Services Manager
£27,500, 35hrs/week. Solihull based but covering WM region
Application deadline: 30th September
The Housing Manager is an essential role in managing a team of peripatetic support workers and the housing management function. The Trust is looking for someone who has support services management experience and housing knowledge, with the passion and drive to help SJMT progress their exciting plans and ensure that their service are person centred and of a high standard. 

Business Support Officer
£23,000, 35hrs/week (2 year fixed term contract)
Application deadline: 30th September

This is a brand new post and the post holder will be responsible for carrying out a wide range of administrative, business and support tasks relating to the effective operation of the Leadership Team. The post holder will work with minimal supervision and be expected to work flexibly.
Domiciliary Care Assistant
£16,962, 35hrs/week
Application deadline: 30th September

Bank Care Assistants
Application deadline: 30th September

Domestic /Cleaning Supervisor
£17,500, 35hrs/week
Application deadline: 18th September

Domestic Assistant (weekends)
£3,174 pa or £8.72/hour.  7 hours per week, Saturday and Sunday, 8.00-11.30am.
Application deadline: 18th September

Details of all roles can be found via this link.

Training and Events
Centre for Ageing Better: Tackling Ageism Events
The Centre for Ageing Better works to create a society in which everyone enjoys later life.  Their events bring people, organisations and experts together to share knowledge and experience. The Centre has a number of upcoming events, including:Homes, health and coronavirus
Tuesday 22nd September, 9.30-10.30am
Book here
Double jeopardy? The cumulative inequalities of age and ethnicity 
Tuesday 29th September, 10.00-11.00am
Book here

Details of all events, including links to view previous webinars, can be found via this link.
Previous webinars can also be accessed via the Centre’s YouTube channel
Charity Commission for England and Wales – Annual Public Meeting
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 11.00am – 1.00pm, Online
At the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting they will report on their work over the past year and update charities on how they are delivering support and services through the current pandemic.
The event will be broadcasting live on the Commission’s YouTube channel.
Register your place here.
Warwickshire & West Midlands Association of Local Councils
Upcoming Training & Events

WALC is hosting a number of events, including Understanding the Planning SystemUnderstanding Finance and Governance andChairmanship Skills.
To view the latest bulletin, click here.
Club Development Offer 
Do you run a sports or physical activity club or community group for adults in North Solihull, Hobs Moat or Shirley East? Would you like support to develop your club or group to become more Dementia Friendly / Inclusive / Mental Health Confident?
Colebridge Trust, in partnership with The Active Wellbeing Society, is offering support and training to local clubs.
For more information please contact Gemma:  / 07436 333 946
CAVA Webinars to watch again!
Missed any of our recent webinars? Don’t worry, you can view our past sessions via Youtube.
Bounce Back from COVID (South Warwickshire and Solihull)
Bounce Back from COVID (North Warwickshire and Rugby)
Community Response – What next? 
Covid Secure – Community Buildings Webinar
Funding Workshop: Severn Trent Community Fund
Funding Workshop: Heart of England Community Foundation Coronavirus Resilience Funds  

We are highlighting newly available funds here, but for a full list of funding available to support responses to Covid-19  please see:
To download CAVA’s latest Funding Bulletin, please click here.
For help applying for funding please contact our interim Locality Manager, Verity: / 07966 380 289.
Social Enterprise Support Fund
Grants of £10,000 – £50,000 (or in some cases up to £300,000) are available to help social enterprises recover from the impacts of Covid-19. The Fund will help social enterprises to meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces Covid-secure, and manage liquidity during the next six months. Funding may be used to: Support people and communities affected by COVID-19Help organisations overcome acute financial difficulties caused by the crisisApplications are particularly welcomed from social enterprises led by people from BAME backgrounds, people with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or tjose with lived experience of the issue they are seeking to resolve.
Deadline: Thursday 17th September, 1.00pm
For details please see this link.
ESF Call: Digital Exclusion Project
A total of £5,000,000 is available for projects that help address the digital divide in response to Coronavirus.  This Call for applications seeks to address two of the main ‘access’ issues associated with digital exclusion:physical access to the internet, i.e. having a device that will allow the user to access the poverty.Applications are invited from organisations to deliver short-term activity to existing ESF participants as a “bolt-on” to the ESF support they are currently receiving. The short-term activity will consist of projects procuring and loaning an appropriate device (e.g. tablet, laptop) and providing a three-month allowance of data, provided via a data dongle, to existing ESF participants. Activity will also include a small amount of set up support to enable users to understand functionality and get online.
Deadline: Wednesday 30th September
To find out more please see this link.
Think Active: Tackling Inequalities Fund
Grants of £200-£3,000 are available to support access to physical activity and to help tackle the divide between those that can be, and those that have found it difficult to start, or continue to be physically active.  Projects must address the adverse effects of Covid-19, such as young people’s mental health, supporting people who are nervous about starting activity within their community due to shielding, or helping people who have had Covid to return to health.
Priority will be given to applications that support one or more of these groups BAME communitiesLow socioeconomic backgroundsLong-term health conditionsPeople with a disabilityFor guidance notes please see this link.
Deadline:  4th October.
To apply please see this link.
The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund
Unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 are available to help small charities and social enterprises (with a turnover of under £500,000) plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups that may have found it hard to access funding in the past
Registration opens: 21st September
Deadline: 19th October
For details please see this link.
Tesco Bags Of Help
Grants of up to £1,000 available throughout October, November and December for projects that support children and young people
For details please see this link
For help or advice on the application please contact Michelle or Jenna at Groundwork:
Michelle Brodie: /  07795 815 522
Jenna Small: / 07796 695452 

Morrisons Foundation
Grants of up to £25,000 are available to fund projects that make a difference in local communities.
For details please see this link
LGBT National Emergencies Trust
Small grants of up to £5,000 and large grants of over £5,000 are available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by Covid-19; and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the pandemic.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.

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