This week the restrictions on lockdown in Wales and England have been a key topic of debate and speculation. It is important to note the lockdown has been extended for another three weeks in Wales. Further guidance is being given by the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford as necessary. You can read about the changes to lockdown regulations on the Welsh Parliament website. There is no doubt that these changed will have an impact on Wrexham as a Border County. As many of our residents travel across the border for work, and may see differences regarding regulations and policy.
The number of confirmed cases and deaths are still fluctuating. We will all be required to follow the ‘R’ number – a crucial figure that will dictate how we navigate out of lockdown.
Those who has still shielding will be required to do so for the full 12 weeks, or until instructed by Welsh Parliament. In this time, if anyone requires additional assistance please contact the AVOW COVID Team by phone 01978 312556 or email COVID19@avow.org.
2020 and Beyond: Planning for the future
It is important for organisations and communities to start planning for the future. AVOW are hosting a series of events to collate information from the corners of our communities including:
- What has been happening in your area throughout the Lockdown?
- How can we support do community needs for the future?
- What support do organisations need for the future?
More information about these events will be available shortly.
Together we need to take the knowledge from yesterday to shape our new tomorrow.
After a tremendous response to our AVOW Volunteer Bank for the COVID-19 Pandemic, most community response roles have now been filled. However, if you are interested in volunteering in the area there are other roles available through organisations across Wrexham County Borough. Either in permanent roles in organisations or as ‘one-off’ volunteering in crisis situations. There is always a need for a wide-range of volunteers, no matter what your skill level is. Individuals who would like to volunteer in Wales will have to register with the Volunteering Wales website.
National Volunteers’ Week takes place every year between 1st and 7th June. This year seems a particularly apt time to say ‘Thank you’ to the many volunteers who enrich the lives of our community.
As part of a larger campaign throughout the week, AVOW has organised a Virtual Tea Party to celebrate volunteers on Tuesday 2nd June, this session will be via Zoom and you can register here.
Celebration packs are available for organisations through the Volunteers’ Week website. AVOW is coordinating a social media campaign to celebrate the work in Wrexham County Borough.
Issues in the Community
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Supplies of PPE are being delivered in Health and Social Care settings across the county. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) have thanked all volunteers who have dedicated their time and resources to this cause.
Voluntary and Community Organisations, as well as businesses, should ensure that they are sourcing equipment through reputable outlets and that the items meet all necessary quality standards before distribution and use. If the necessary standard of products is not currently available, you should inform your insurance company to avoid issues of non-compliance.
Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the emergency response to the provision of extra food across the county. If you would like to access any of these support services please email the AVOW COVID Team on COVID19@avow.org.
Food Parcels for Shielding Individuals
An additional 21,000 people across Wales have received Shielding letters due to an expanded range of medical conditions. There is additional information available through the Welsh Government website.
AVOW continue to support requests for shopping, prescriptions and additional support in the community. If you, or someone you know, is struggling to find support please contact the AVOW COVID Team by phone 01978 312556 or email COVID19@avow.org.
Local Retailer Map
Grants and Funding
AVOW are hosting our first Virtual Funding Workshop later this month, with a representative from National Lottery Community Fund Wales. To book your place please email our Funding Officer, Nigel Davies at email@example.com.
AVOW Voluntary Services Emergency Fund
The AVOW Voluntary Services Emergency Fund is currently reviewing applications in 48 hours, with the record this week of 2.5 hours! If your organisation is running projects through this pandemic, please see the application form and guidelines on our website.
This week we have made grants available to
- Cefn Rhosymedre and Newbridge Community Association (CRNCA)
- Johnstown Cubs
Groups are seeking funds to support the way that they have moved many of their activities online and now using video conferencing type facilities to remain engaged.
Additional Support from AVOW
Lots of questions have come to AVOW around how charities can maintain their governance arrangements and ensure compliance with Charity regulations. The Charity Commission has issued some specific guidance for those organisations that have been impacted by Covid19, please see their website for further assistance.
In addition, organisations can contact Community Development Officer Rafat Arshad-Roberts by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support is available for entrepreneurs and the self-employed under the WElsh Government P.E.L.A.C scheme, and accessible through AVOW by project officers John Every at email@example.com and Judy Sellwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates from Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC)
There are a number of updates on services from WCBC, please see their website for further details.
More than 2600 have now registered for the Direct payment that has been introduced instead of Free School Meals, if you would like to access this service please visit the online portal and register.
Welsh Government and Health Guidance
Following requests for single information sources, we have grouped together several Welsh Government and Health resources.
Health and Social Services
In response to growing evidence and concern that the COVID-19 infection is having a disproportionate adverse impact on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, the Welsh Government BAME Covid-19 health advisory group met for the second time yesterday. Further information on the advisory group can be found on the Welsh Government website.
The Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services has issued an NHS Wales COVID-19 operating framework for quarter 1 (2020/21). The document highlights four types of harm that could emanate from Covid-19 which the NHS in Wales must remain focused on and guard against. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.
Public Health Wales are conducting an on-going national public engagement telephone survey on health and wellbeing during Coronavirus. The survey asks people across Wales how coronavirus and related control measures are affecting their health and wellbeing. The latest summary report and data from other weeks is on the Public Health Wales website.
Welsh Government has launched the ‘Home shouldn’t be a place of fear’ campaign, with a message to victims of domestic abuse: Support is Available, You are Not Alone. Further information on the campaign and support available, is available on the Welsh Government website.
COVID-19 Research Studies in Wales
There are many research projects trying to tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic, to track and collate our experiences of this pandemic in order to learn from the situation.
The success of these consultations will depend on participants, you can help researchers now, to help us in the future. AVOW will continue to promote consultations as they come in, please keep an eye on our website.
Wales is currently taking part in 10 public health research studies to find treatments for coronavirus. The studies, set up through Health and Care Research Wales, look into multiple treatments for patients. By identifying risk factors and specific genes which make people more susceptible to the damaging effects of Covid-19. Further information is available through Wales Online.
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