Coronavirus (Covid-19): 26 March update

Hello again everyone

It’s another bumper issue today, a whole range of topics from your own updates to funding news and guidance for staff. We’re also really pleased that more information about Covid-19 is now being produced in other languages and formats – do keep us in the loop if you see more of this.


 Charity Sector Specific updates

Updates from you

  • Possability People has collated  some information which may be useful for those of you working with disabled people and people with long term health conditions.
  • Worthing Hospital – asking for handcream, do any of our food bank members have a glut from donations – contact is via Facebook
  • Sussex Stalking Support still open for business and referrals. They are supporting and updating clients via WhatsApp and continuing one-to-one support on the phone and via FaceTime.  They are hoping to able to move into using Zoom for peer support and some creative therapy groups in the coming weeks.
  • Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op are currently working remotely. They will not be carrying out home energy surveys whilst restrictions on movement are in place but they will continue to offer the following services via phone or email. Free switching advice for residents looking to change to a cheaper tariff or supplier.Referrals for emergency fuel vouchers for customers struggling to top up pre-pay meters – £28 for a single home, £49 for a family home (subject to eligibility). Energy debt support for customers who are struggling to pay a recent bill (subject to eligibility). For assistance with any of the above please email or call 01273 284472.
  • Brighton and Hove Community Radio is also digital and on request shows can be done with just a telephone or Skype or pre-records and short recordings or for multiple guests and playlist and can be put on Mix cloud too.
  • Resource Centre has new video and telephone meeting tools.
  • Carers Support service update

Shoreham, Southwick & Fishersgate Covid-19 mutual aid communities – requiring Street level mutual support; and food bank support – shopping, prescriptions, social contact by phone.  Need more volunteers: Please phone Councillor Debs Stainforth 07772006079 Email:


  • Brighton and Hove Food Partnership have been compiling information on accessing food during the lockdown as well as establishing new systems for food distribution. They are trying to make the information and updates around this as clear and accessible as possible and so have put together this page which links to all the information they have so far.
  • Worthing Foodbank will be closed till MONDAY 30TH MARCH. Jubilee Church have taken over role for the time being. The plan is to make the Foodbank Centre a packing area for the food they have available. Agencies will need to phone through or email information of clients they wish to refer, still following the guidelines set out by the Trussell Trust. They will need clients name, address and how many people the bag needs to feed. Please do not give any more vouchers out but revert now to this system.
  • Worthing NHS Food Bank: Food & Household essentials delivery to NHS staff at Worthing Hospital


  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund “An urgent call for evidence from the heritage sector”.
  • Crowdfunding: SPACEHIVE are waiving all fees and providing platform services for free, Crowdfunder are waiving all fees, Go fund me – Free, lots of local and global COVID-19 ideas, Justgiving – Free, focussing on the Homeless, The Elderly, foodbanks, the health service and those who are isolated.
  • An update from the CEO of Reaching Communities National Lottery
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund will be announcing their rescue and recovery support within the next few days – you can help them understand the best ways to help you by filling in their survey

 Useful Facebook groups



Benefits, Employer and Employee support

  • Universal Credit for self-employed people – although there is likely to be an announcement from the Treasury soon that will supplement this
  • Home Energy Support. There are no more home energy visits available for West Sussex residents at this time. There will only be support for vulnerable residents who are in exceptional need. Support is for low income vulnerable households with broken heating systems and low income households struggling to pay for their energy at home. For full info on what’s now available go to their website.
  •  Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – Further details can be found here. For our payroll clients, the KR team are set up to provide you with the information you will need to make a reclaim.
  • Job retention scheme for furloughed workers – Further details can be found here.
  • Deferral of VAT payments – Further details can be found here for VAT registered charities.
  • Paying HMRC (including self-assessment) – Further details can be found here. HMRC have set up a Coronavirus Helpline: 0800 015 9559.
  • Business Interruption Loan Scheme – For charities where more than 50% of your income is from trading activities. Information can be found here.


  • Changes to dental services as a result of coronavirus 
  • Those with a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus can register for help and support. For example, they can ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. Anyone who is not sure whether their medical condition makes them extremely vulnerable, is advised by the government to register anyway. People can register themselves, or on behalf of someone else.



  • Brighton and Hove Buses will be operating an enhanced Sunday service between Monday 30 March and Saturday 4 April with earlier journeys on most routes, particularly for key workers going to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Routes N5 & N14 will operate to the Monday to Saturday timetable. On Sunday 5 April, a normal Sunday service will be in operation. Routes 13X, 21E, 25X, 50U, 55, 59, 59A, 60, 77, 78, 79, 84, N12, N21, N29 and school day only services will not run throughout this period.

Mental Health:

  • Supporting your team’s mental health: Mind has put together some tips for line managers about how they can support their team’s wellbeing as well as their own whilst working remotely or from home.Read the tips here. 
  • Refugee Radio’s mental health support group for refugees and asylum seekers will now be going online due to the current situation. Time:  3pm-5pm every Monday, but now they will be meeting up online through Zoom. Anyone new who would like to join should email them at for more information or call on 01273 234868. Zoom link is:
  • Community Roots update

Support from the Business Community

  • What help and support do you need from the Business Community in responding to Covid-19? Leading UK charities and sector bodies including ACEVO, Charity Finance Group, Directory of Social Change, Institute of Fundraising, NAVCA, NCVO, SCVO, the National Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, Volunteering Matters and the WCVA have come together to help your charity or community group get support from the business community as you respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

Stay safe everyone

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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