During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are seeing so many wonderful acts of neighbouly support within our communities. Please visit our News page for guidance about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Communities and Community Buildings.
If you are volunteering as part of a community group, or as an idividual, the links in the Community Response and Vlunteering' sections of the guidance will be particularly helpful to you, providing guidance on e.g. how to handle money when shopping for others etc.
If you want to volunteer, register with SupportCumbria.org.uk, they will then contact you once there is a volunteering opportunity.
If you are involved in a community response group, please register with SupportCumbria.org.uk so that all of our efforts can be coordinated. This is the official central coordination point for community support during the coronavirus outbreak. By registering, it will help to identify where there might be gaps and further help needed.
Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch offers free public liability insurance for Community Emergency Response groups including groups involved in COVID-19 community support. To be eligible, groups need to complete a Community Emergency Plan and Risk Assessment. Templates and guidance for tese can be found on our Community Emergency Planning page.
To find out what is happening in your area, visit the Cumbria County Council Coronavirus Communities web page where you can read the latest Local Area Update for your district and also sign up to receive future updates by email. These newsletters provide useful information such as your local community response groups and the support, services and benefits available.
If you are looking to set up a more formal, coordiated and permanent group to support your community now and in the longer term, you can do this by creating any or all of the following:
From time to time we all appreciate having someone nearby who can look out for us, and there may be times when we’re in greater need of a friendly face or a helping hand. As part of our Neighbourliness Works programme, we have begun the ‘Looking Out For Your Neighbours’ project which is about encouraging people to carry out neighbourly activities for those who need it most in your local area. ACT can support you to make a difference.
Making time for someone else, even for just a couple of hours a month can benefit them (and you) in such a positive way. The actions don’t have to be big, for instance you could help someone with the shopping, gardening, reading, baby sitting or computer. Or you might want to organise something larger such as a shopping trip or a regular social event for a group.
If you are keen to get involved, think about who in your local area might appreciate a good neighbour. They may, for instance struggle to get out due to a lack of transport, personal mobility or even a new baby. Or they may be ill, frail or lacking in confidence. Talk to them to find out what involvement they might like. Then get in touch with us to see how we can help you to get your neighbourly deeds off the ground.
We are also on the look-out for examples of good neighbourly activity, whether it’s increasing neighbourliness in existing groups and Neighbourhood Watch schemes or starting up a new project - to give people a helping hand, organise shopping trips, local lunches etc.
Contact us and speak to Jemma Metcalfe-Gibson
This article contains information for village halls and community buildings on: preparing for re-opening; insurance; Test & Trace and collecting contact details; children &young people activities; playgrounds; and indoor gym & leisure facilities. It includes links to updated ACRE information, following Government Guidance and Regulatory change. Please also read the previous 2, 11, 16 June and 3 July Updates.
This article contains information for village halls and community buildings on: preparing for re-opening, indoor sport, and use by schools and holiday/after school clubs. It includes links to updated ACRE information, following recent Government guidance issued. Please also read the previous 2, 11 and 16 June Updates.
This article contains information for village halls and community buildings on: preparing for re-opening; indoor markets; places of worship; and ventilation systems. Please also read the previous 2 June and 11 June Updates.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) - the rural and community development charity for the county – has been working with the team behind the Cumbria Village Halls Network to support them in reaching over 100 members. The Network is hosted on Facebook and provides a forum where the volunteer hall committees can come together, and learn from each other, share best practice and keep up to date.
With the fast-moving events around managing COVID-19 this has proved to be invaluable to those managing village halls across Cumbria. ACT is encouraging all village halls in the county to join and take advantage of the benefits of being part of this virtual community.
This article contains information for village halls and community buildings on possible re-opening; sport and recreation facilities; working with user groups; insurance, and converting ticket refunds and subscriptions into Gift Aid donations. Please also read the previous 2 June Update.
This article contains information for village halls and community buildings on possible re-opening dates; activities in and outside your hall; and financial assistance to help with loss of income.
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