Daily coronavirus roundup for third sector Thursday 21 May


Rounding up the response to the pandemic by the third sector #NeverMoreNeeded

21st May 2020 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Fund launches pledging £100m support

A £100m fund supported by a group of insurance and long-term savings companies has launched to help people and communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100m in total. Launched in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the fund has made an initial £20m donation to the National Emergencies Trust (NET). Charities will not be able to apply for funding directly, but money will be distributed through umbrella bodies. It is looking to support community-based charities that are struggling during the crisis, charities supporting the most vulnerable, and wellbeing and mental health initiatives, among others. It is backed by members of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), Lloyd’s and The London Market Group (LMG). Lloyd’s pledged £5m. Sir John Low, chief executive of CAF, said: “Getting these vital funds quickly and safely into the hands of the many charities at the heart of our communities is central to CAF’s mission, and we are proud to be able to work alongside those in the insurance and long-term savings industries to make this happen. We know it will make a huge difference to many people in need of support at this time.”

Charity hero Zoomed by Prince William

The founder of a lifeline charity for amputees was given a royal surprise as she found herself on a video call with Prince William. Corinne Hutton has been left gobsmacked after the Duke of Cambridge spoke to her about how Finding Your Feet is supporting people amid the coronavirus lockdown. The charity faced an uncertain future when its funding took a hit due to the pandemic, but, was recently given a boost with cash from the National Emergencies Trust and Foundation Scotland. The Renfrewshire-based charity has now taken most of its services online and is supporting amputees from all across Scotland. Quadruple amputee Corinne, said: “The money allowed us to adapt our services for online and over the phone delivery, ensuring that no amputee in Scotland would have to cope alone during this pandemic. “As if that wasn’t enough, to be told that Prince William would like to speak to us was just breathtaking. The fact that he has recognised and acknowledged the work we are doing and why it’s important is such incredible motivation.”

Wear it loud and proud!

A new campaign #LoveNotLandfill, run by Crisis, Barnardo’s and Royal Trinity Hospice, has launched #LockdownDressup. The campaign asks people to get out into the parks and supermarkets (while maintaining social distancing) wearing something eye-catching, beautiful or unusual.  Those that are self-isolating can do it from their living rooms or gardens. They then donate £3 to their chosen charity and post a pic or video on their social media channels. Finally, they nominate three friends and/or family members to do the same – hopefully raising smiles as well as money for the causes that so desperately need it. The celebrities and influencers that support Crisis, Barnardo’s and Royal Trinity Hospice will also be taking part to help raise money for their chosen charities. Once live, #LockdownDressup can be used by any charity to help raise funds. Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “Coronavirus is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. But charities face a perfect storm, as our income is being decimated while demand for our vital services skyrockets. We’re hugely grateful to Love Not Landfill for this fantastic campaign, which will help Barnardo’s support the UK’s vulnerable children and young people, at a time when we’re needed most. I would encourage everyone to get involved.”

Big Night In hands out millions

In just under a month, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief have awarded £12,932,150 of funding from their joint appeal to 20 charities, projects and programmes across the UK who are providing essential help to those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis. This is in addition to £20 million allocated to the National Emergencies Trust and £4 million to NHS Charities Together. The funding is the first round of allocations from the money raised by The Big Night In appeal, which one month ago, on 23 April, brought BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief together for the first time for a special BBC show to raise vital funding in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The fundraiser has so far raised £70 million, which includes government match funding for every pound donated. The first £20 million funding has been awarded to the National Emergencies Trust, while a further £4 million funding has been awarded to NHS Charities Together; with the remaining £46 million split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. All funds will help vulnerable people of all ages through the crisis in the coming weeks and months, including those affected by issues such as hunger, domestic violence and abuse, homelessness and isolation.

Bankruptcy exemptions welcomed

New exemptions from bankruptcy fees have been welcomed by Citizens Advice Scotland. The amendments were made in the Coronavirus Scotland No.2 Bill to introduce exemptions for people receiving social security and on low incomes from paying fees should they fall into debt and require a bankruptcy. CAS financial health spokesperson Myles Fitt said: “These exemptions from upfront fees to enter a bankruptcy are very welcome. People on benefits or low incomes who are also in debt are in no position to fund payment of a fee for getting this form of debt relief. With a significant increase in debt and potential bankruptcies expected due to the economic effects of COVID-19, the removal of these fees will ease the burden on those who are financially struggling. As we go deeper into the financial impact of this pandemic, we urge all decision-makers to do everything they can to lessen the financial pain that will be felt by many individuals, families and households across Scotland.”


Online therapy group launched

The Wise Group has launched an online group therapy programme which will provide a suite of self-care toolkits for people struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Re-Connect CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) will run online for twelve weeks, with the first sessions starting on 1 June 2020. A range of topics will be covered, including; anxiety, depression, loss, anger and domestic Violence.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, Re-Connect CBT will work alongside social work teams across Scotland and will be delivered by a team of experienced counsellors free of charge.

Alex Cochrane, counsellor at the Wise Group, said: “Re-Connect CBT will offer a lifeline for people primarily in the social care system, supporting them remotely when most face-to-face delivery has stopped. Sessions can be accessed free online or by phone and will provide a self-care toolkit to minimise the impact of mental ill health, improve emotional and psychological wellbeing and reduce the impact of isolation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. By bringing people together remotely to work through the challenges they face, we can improve the wellbeing of our communities while supporting the work of our key workers.”

From 1 June 2020, a programme of one hour group sessions, covering anxiety, depression, loss, anger and domestic violence will be made available on a four weekly rolling basis for a period of 12 weeks. Each topic has four sessions and people can dip in and out as little or as often as they need.

Find out more information online. Sessions can be joined on the day by phone or by video.