Coronavirus (Covid-19): 24 March update

Good afternoon to our wonderful Community Works community,

We imagine you are all, as are we, still digesting what last night’s statement will mean to us and our work and getting used to this new reality. It’s unprecedented and unnerving but it’s also truly humbling to see what you, and others in our communities are managing to do. As we work our way through it, we are also re-establishing our regular support services so please get in touch with us if you are looking for support as we can offer telephone or video appointments with our advice and support workers, and our Volunteer Centre.

In particular you have been asking if the lockdown means that your staff and volunteers on the frontline will be allowed to go outside. Our interpretation at this stage, and I want to stress that we are still waiting for absolute confirmation from national bodies and the government, is that they are. The guidance from last night still references ‘critical sectors’ and advice so far has been that this work falls within those criteria. Equally the focus is on roles, so volunteers and staff are equally covered.

If you are delivering frontline services, including food banks etc, it is absolutely critical that you follow this government guidance

Look after yourselves, and if you haven’t and are able to, do try and take some of that daily exercise that you can, or enjoy the sun upon your face

Updates from you

  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • Sadly Eco Open Houses have been cancelled
  • WEA will be trialling an online Tai Chi session on 27 March. Call 0300 303 3464 option 1, course code C3745359 or enrol online.
  • Sussex MS Centre
  • Sussex Clubs for Young People
  • Mind in Brighton and Hove have suspended all face to face appointments and all group activity. They will continue to offer services to people through telephone, online, text and email support. There is currently a high demand for services and they will do our best to respond in a timely way. Please be aware that they are not a crisis service, and will signpost anyone who is in crisis to the appropriate services.


  • ACAS are running a series of webinars providing practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace.


  • Sussex Community Foundation is working with the National Emergencies Trust to distribute funds received through the national NET Coronavirus Appeal. To donate in Sussex, to donation nationally
  • This new guidance issued by the government for procurement in public bodies will be of interest to those of you delivering commissioned services


  • Citizens Online has just shared a fantastic newsletter with lots of useful information and resources
  • The Institute of Leadership and Management are offering a range of free webinars on homeworking






Thank you!

Council Tax


Tips and recycling centres are now closed across Sussex, and for the latest information about household collection please see local council websites.

Community Works team

Please see our Coronavirus Covid-19: Latest information and what you can do hub page for more information.

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