Coronavirus Resources

Lockdown Easing Resources Update

Last updated 14/07/20
Please note, we are regularly updating and adding to this page. Please check back regularly for updates.

The following is a list of helpful resources, ordered by theme. Together with our coronavirus help and support page for those wishing to find updates relevant to DCF, we hope to give you as many tools as possible to support you through the pandemic and as we transition out of the lockdown.

If you know of something that may be of assistance to others that we haven't included on this page, please send details to insights@devoncf.com

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Advice for charities
Please visit this page for information on how to apply to our Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

NVCO have provided this helpful guide for Charities and community organisations in relation to coronavirus. They cover a wide range of topics that include advice on finances and working from home, how to support your service users and employees, to guidelines on handwashing and what to do if you have health conditions.

The South Hams CVS are running a Zoom event in September to help support community groups to find and access local funding sources and write successful funding bids. This session is open to those brand new to fundraising and experienced groups who have knowledge to share.

Plymouth Octopus Project (POP+) are also hosting Zoom sessions in both writing a funding bid and measuring social impact. These sessions are suitable for charities, community groups and social enterprises.

Teignbridge CVS has an active Facebook page and are posting new sources of funding regularly.

Our team are also keeping a record of potential funding opportunities, to find alternative grant providers visit the DCF webpage which has a regularly updated list of funding opportunities. If you cannot find what you are looking for or need further support please to not hesitate to get in touch.

Advice for businesses
Devon County Council are regularly updating their business support pages with the most up to date Coronavirus advice

Heart of the south west Growth Hub has very extensive guidance for business navigating the Covid-19 crisis. Including this toolkit with guidance for restarting business safely.

Cranfield Trust is offering free, high level business support to charities in the South West including 1:1 telephone support, HRNet, Management consultancy and mentoring

Recent events have caused many of us to rethink our working lives. If you are considering becoming your own boss, Positive People are hosting a self-employment ideas lab over zoom. This session offers an insight into self-employment from three business owners who have been there and done it.

If you are aged 18-30 and considering starting your own business the Young Innovators awards are now open.  Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, business support and a living allowance. This application process closes on the 2nd of September.

Cosmic provide free business support to those needing digital skills help. They have written this blog post outlining the support available and advertising their upcoming events.

Working from home
Despite the easing of the lockdown and the return to “normality” many of us are still working from home and with the summer holidays approaching this may continue to be a tricky balancing act.

Cosmic are continuing to support the digital needs of businesses and charities working remotely from home for free! Read their Remote Working Advice Toolkit here or call their helpline on 0330 088 4421 for support.

Working from home can be lonely! Especially if you are used to working as part of a team. Positive People Devon has written a blog post including video guides showing how to stay connected with others online.
They are also continuing to provide their virtual IT support service available Monday – Friday (10am-4pm) If you're having technical difficulties with your device or you're struggling to get online you can call, text, WhatsApp call (07763093508) or fill in our online form and a Digital Skills Advisor will be able to support you.

Working from home also means that you are physically separated from your workplace support system. It is important to look after your mental health while at home and when preparing to return to work. The mental health foundation has produced this useful guide to comping with the challenges of home working.

Mental Health
There are many organisations who are still working and available to help you maintain mental wellbeing and support those with existing mental health difficulties during this difficult time.

It is important to keep active both for physical and mental health during this time, here are some ideas for your home workouts

  • Move it or Lose it are running live exercise classes for older people on their Facebook page every weekday at 2.30pm. Other exercise videos can also be viewed on their YouTube channel.
  • NHS -Gym free exercises
  • There is a huge range of exercise videos to suit everyone available via Facebook groups such as this one

Children and Families  
As the summer holidays approach the thought of entertaining the children at home may be particularly daunting however there is lots of online support available.

  • Advice and resources for children with Special Educational Needs
  • Babcock have some useful resources for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people including coping with back to school anxiety
  • Online antenatal classes for parents to be can be accessed free using the code TAMAR
  • If you are looking for a toy refresh but do not want to go out and buy a new set the Merry Go Round Toy Library is now offering a click and collect service. Their Facebook Page also has lots of resources to keep kids entertained.
  • Uplift Tiverton are able to safely support families in the Tiverton area. They can provide nappies, clothes, food and family friendly entertainment.
  • Exeter Community Initiatives has launched a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon. They can offer advice on a specific issue around family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict you are having with your partner or co-parent of your children. The phone line 01392 949059 is manned from 10 am to 2 pm from Mon-Friday.
  • As we begin to return to “normality” many of us are facing increased levels of anxiety. Young People’s mental health charity, nip in the bud have produced some useful resources around returning to school and coping with anxiety.

Domestic Violence and Abuse
Although Coronavirus does not cause domestic violence and abuse there are concerns that isolation may make it harder for victims to reach out and access support. Below are some of the Devon based organisations working hard within the sector throughout the pandemic and as we start to return to our normal routines.

Unpaid Carers
The Devon Carers website has lots of useful resources for carers and those they support at this time as well as a telephone helpline and online chat service.

The Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust will be hosting an online version of the HOPE Programme, which provides virtual support for carers helping them to cope better, feel more in control, and be more resilient in these difficult times. We are looking to support people who are in a wide range of caregiving roles. The course will be running for 6 weeks starting on the 17th of July. For more information and to book your place on this course email: hope.devon@nhs.net or ring: 01803 210493.

Caring for a loved one with dementia has become further complicated by the Covid-19 measures. The Alzheimer’s society have a helpline available where carers can receive support from a dementia adviser.

Food
Making the most of the food we have available has become an important part of the coronavirus crisis and there are lots of resources to help you get creative with cooking.

If you find you are short of food and don’t have the means to go shopping the food banks are open for business, you can find your local foodbank and get advice and referral from your local Citizens advice.

  • If you are living in the Plymouth area there is an extensive list of food aid available across the city - Here

If you are unable to leave the house to go shopping, there are many volunteers offering a shopping delivery service. See Support in your local area below for more details.

Veterans
There is lots of support available in the county for veterans who may be struggling with various issues. Lily has sent us a fantastic resource that she put together for her grandfather which includes lots of useful information and contacts and was happy to share.

Plymouth Veterans and family Hub are also sharing lots of useful information and resources Via their Facebook page.

The Devon Armed Forces Community Support Hub have launched a programme of digital engagement activities that simulate the face to face work they usually offer across the county.

The Veterans Charity have had to suspend all on street collections and events throughout 2020 due to COVID 19. Yet they are anticipating a dramatic rise in requests for support from those veterans who have lost their jobs. The charity is calling those who may have the skills and enthusiasm to create artwork or crafts to share on their Facebook page. If these items sell the charity is asking for a 10% donation of the sale price to support its ongoing work.

Finding Employment
The agricultural industry is still recruiting fruit and vegetable pickers across the country to help bring in their crops as part of the Pick for Britain campaign.

Proud to Care Devon has many opportunities to work as a healthcare professional as well as many jobs in the wider healthcare team. You don’t necessarily need qualifications or previous work experience to apply.

Positive People Devon are able to offer support to those currently out of work whether you want to boost your skills, confidence, return to work or simply overcome life's challenges. Their friendly, positive coaches can help you create a plan and achieve your dreams (even during Covid-19)! And it’s completely free!

Support in your local area
Devon County Council have put together a list of support available across the county which is regularly updated and allows you to search for offers specific to your locality.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for please feel free to contact our community insights team who are working hard to understand the coronavirus response across Devon and may be able to help – insights@devoncf.com

Just for Fun!
These last few months have been challenging for us all and it is important to make time to do the things that you enjoy whether that’s at a social distance or online.

Positive people are running their Feel Good Quiz on Thursdays at 8.15pm on Facebook live.  

Devon Recovery Learning Community have a range of online courses such as craft sessions, dance and meditation.

Active Devon has recently launched its #LETSMOVEDEVON challenge. The challenge is open to everyone who resides in Devon. They are inviting people of all ages from all backgrounds and abilities to take part. All “moving minutes” will contribute to your team’s overall effort, with teams moving up and down the overall leader board as a result. Plus, there are some fantastic prizes to be won!

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is running RAMM at home weekly arty challenges.