The Government have set out their amended advice re COVID-19 as we move into a ‘delay’ phase.
Key messages are:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough (This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious).
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital with mild symptoms.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them your are staying at home. The NHS will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.
This has moved away from the focus being on travel from differing countries, 14 days of self isolation, ringing NHS 111 and such broad testing.
The big focus will be on supporting those most vulnerable i.e. older people, those with certain long term health conditions especially respiratory and immunosuppressed.
The organisations previously known to you as ‘CVS’ or Councils for Voluntary Services provide support and development services (infrastructure) to voluntary and community groups across West Sussex.
Between us, we support around 1,500 voluntary / community organisations and encourage and support volunteering and volunteers who all contribute to a thriving voluntary community sector in the County.
As part of our commitment to partnership working and sharing best practice, we have been meeting regularly as the ‘CVS Network’ since 2008 and have worked together collaboratively on a project basis. We have now agreed that it will be both productive and beneficial for us and our membership to create a more formal structure to support our future shared working.
We have formed the West Sussex Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Alliance (WSVCSI) or ‘the Alliance’ as we hope it will become more widely known. The Alliance became operational on the 1st April 2019.
We will be keeping you to date with developments and asking for your views as our ideas take shape. It will in no way impact on our local relationships with member organisations and partners – but should help us work more effectively, making best use of our shared skills and expertise.