Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Specific news items regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in the UK.

Latest News from VAAC

Tue 2 February 2021

Vaccination Scam

We have been made aware of another vaccination scam that is circulating via email. Please be cautious and if you’re unsure if it is a scam think about the below checklist:

- The NHS will never ask for payment or bank details
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as a passport, driving licence, bills or payslips
- Pay close attention to any website URL or the text number you receive.
- Misspelling or poor grammar is also a sign that what you are reading is a scam.

Wed 13 January 2021

Information on VCS access to vaccines

Dear voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) colleagues in Sussex,

The NHS has now opened up access to the COVID vaccine to staff and volunteers within the VCSE currently directly working or having contact with people in the priority groups outlined here:
Priority Groups for Vaccination

This includes:
- homecare workers
- those working to support the homeless population in centres or temporary accommodation
- those involved in the direct supply of food and other goods
- those supporting older people and those with long term health issues
- those supporting vulnerable children and young people

This list is not exclusive. There is a high demand for appointments and we know that VCSE colleagues will not want to displace those who are at higher risk of serious illness or mortality. We ask that you consider your staff’s needs alongside the availability of the vaccines and those at higher risk. At the same time the purpose of the vaccine opening to VCSE staff is to ensure that critical services supporting those at highest risk of serious illness or mortality from COVID can continue to operate safely.

Please note that this message is being circulated to members of the Community Works in Brighton & Hove and the VCSE Alliances in both East and West Sussex. Please make sure that other VCSE organisations who you think may have staff eligible for priority vaccination are made aware of this opportunity.

For more information on the vaccination programme including locations and vaccines available and to book a vaccination at one of the hospital-based vaccination sites across Sussex please follow this link: Sussex Health and Care – Covid-19 vaccination programme . Please Note that the sites are very busy but please do keep trying as new slots are opened frequently. If you have queries about this please contact Sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net and your queries will inform the FAQs on the site

There has been a lot of demand for the booking slots to receive the vaccination and at the moment the website is showing that slots are unavailable. We are working to make slots available over the coming weeks with a view of vaccinating all health and care workers (including relevant VCSE workers) by mid-March. We will make sure we communicate with VCSE organisations to let them know when more slots will be available for their staff.

Thu 7 January 2021

Review highlights key role of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector throughout the pandemic

A review undertaken by a voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisation highlights the key role the VCSE played in response to COVID-19 by responding to local need, and supporting the NHS and statutory sector services during the pandemic. The review calls on leaders from across the statutory, funding and VCSE sectors “to build on lessons learnt during COVID-19, to strengthen existing partnerships, and build new ones, to support the health and wellbeing of communities across Sussex”.

A range of different approaches were used as part of the review, including surveys and reports, 15 in-depth interviews, and 37 case studies. The information was analysed and a final report with a set of core recommendations, and the following clear themes emerged:

• Strong and effective collaborations between VCSE and statutory services developed at speed during COVID-19;
VCSE supported statutory services to provide early support to local need during the pandemic;
VCSE organisations are valuable partners in improving health and wellbeing and addressing wider inequalities;
VCSE sector should be meaningfully involved as a key system partner;
• Investment in the sector is needed to build the long-term sustainability and resilience of the sector.

As we continue to restore and transform health and care services, actions are underway to continue to ensure that the essential role of the VCSE is recognised. The completed actions and impact will be shared through the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website with VCSE and statuary partner organisations.

COVID-19 Sussex wide VCSE Review Report

Mon 4 January 2021

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice Updates

Fuel voucher referral

COVID-19 response referral system

Mon 4 January 2021

Littlehampton Community Fridge Fresh Food Parcel

The Littlehampton Community Fridge has changed its service due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic and will review the services offered monthly.

Littlehampton Community Fridge Parcel Delivery Covid January 2021

Wed 2 December 2020

Artswork - new funding for creative projects with vulnerable children in Arun

Artswork is pleased to announce a new stream of small grant funding for vulnerable children and young people in Arun which may be relevant for you, or your partners’, work. The funding is to support new creative projects for children and young people who have been particularly affected by the impacts of Covid as a result of poverty, inequality, illness, disability, race, being in the care system, young carers, young migrants or for other reasons which you may define.

Funding and application form

Giving voluntary and community organisations in Arun and Chichester Districts the tools they need to succeed

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