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News Harlow Chamber & Rainbow Services Updates

Fri,15Jan2021

Harlow Chamber & Rainbow Services Updates

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Harlow Residents' Newsletter from CAB
Essex Climate Action Commission
ACL
Active Essex
Lockdown Summary from NAVCA
Test and Trace Isolation Support
Funding
Webinars
Effective Trustee Boards

Harlow Residents' Newsletter from CAB
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Each issue will keep you updated on the type of services available to you at Citizens Advice Harlow and how you can access them. This edition focusses on how to keep your energy costs down this winter, manage rent arrears, and how to apply for settled status.
 
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Essex Climate Action Commission
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The Essex Climate Action Commission has published its Interim Reportoutlining its first tranche of recommendations for Essex.
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ACL
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An updated list of FREE courses/workshops of support across Essex.
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Active Essex
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Active Essex are recruiting new board members.
Board members are appointed for 3 years (1 term) and can serve a maximum of 3 terms
Board members may be required to represent Active Essex at county, regional and national events as required
Board members are asked to attend quarterly board meetings each year
The time requirement is likely to be a minimum of 1 day a month (on average) although there will be periods of greater engagement with the Chair and Director.
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Lockdown Summary from NAVCA
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On the 4th of January Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England was once again to go into lockdown - a much harder lockdown that the pre-Christmas one. As you'll have realised the new lockdown came into effect very quickly, just four hours after the PM's statement. New guidance has been issued - all of which you can see here. Here are a few key points for the VCSE sector:
 
People can leave their homes for the following reasons:
 People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if absolutely essential. They should not attend work. People who are CEV will receive a letter from the Government imminently.Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue, with up to 15 participants where formally organised, to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support - but they must not take place in a private home. Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.
 
People can stay overnight away from their home if:
  • this is required for work purposes or to provide voluntary services.
  • they are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse).
 
Employers and employees should discuss working arrangements. Employers should take every possible step to facilitate employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
 
For financial support schemes please use the following links:  
 
Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities:
  • education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision.
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend.
  • hosting blood donation sessions and food banks.
  • to provide medical treatment.
 
Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services
Test and Trace Isolation Support
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A press release from Essex County Council with information on financial support for people who are self isolating.
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Funding
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Steel Charitable Trust - The five current funding priority categories are Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage.
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Hilden Charitable Fund - Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).
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Webinars
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Zoe Amar, Chair of The Charity Digital Code of Practice will be sharing how to review your progress and move forward with confidence, focusing on the key principles from the Code.
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VCSE organisations that are interested in finding out more about the new Social Value Model and bidding with central government are invited to attend one of these webinars hosted by DCMS.
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Effective Trustee Boards
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A little reminder on effective Trustee Boards.
 
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