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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – advice for the voluntary and community sector and community centres

Recovery Planning

We have developed a toolkit for voluntary sector organisations in Islington to help you plan for recovery from Covid-19 containing information, risk assessment templates and recovery planning templates to support with planning recovery from Covid-19. This is a tool to aid organisational recovery planning and it remains the responsibility of individual organisations to decide whether their buildings and services are Covid-19 safe.

Support for residents

We are Islington helpline

The We Are Islington helpline has been set up for residents who may be struggling to cope, or where people are concerned about someone they know or work with.

They can offer help with getting food or medicine, online group activities, access to emergency financial support, legal and welfare benefits advice, or a range of other services.

Community Support Directory

The council’s directory has a specific Coronavirus support section that is continuously being updated and includes information about shopping, meals, food delivery, pharmacies, online support, legal advice, and counselling. You can filter this by category of support or by postcode to see what’s available.

Islington Resident Support Scheme

Islington Council’s Resident Support Scheme (RSS) offers temporary financial support to residents facing severe difficulties because of government cuts, changes to welfare benefits or those who find themselves in crisis.

The process for applying to the RSS has been simplified in order to ensure those most in need can request assistance.

Residents and organisations (on behalf of residents) can apply for this by sending an email to the RSS team with the person’s contact information and details about their situation. The team will then contact the resident to issue a voucher for groceries/fuel as necessary.

Email ResidentSupportTeam@islington.gov.uk

Volunteering

Accessing volunteers

If you require volunteers to support your work please contact Voluntary Action Islington by e-mailing them at volunteer@vai.org.uk.

There is lots of information about staying safe and ensuring the safety of others whilst volunteering.

Staying safe

Government and NHS tips on safe volunteering: Government Guidance on how to help safely can be found on this page: Coronavirus: How to help safely

Public Health Covid-19 volunteering health checklist: Islington and Camden Public Health have prepared this straightforward checklist to protect yourself as a volunteer and others from Covid-19. This can be found, along with other guidance, on the Voluntary Action Islington website.

Ensuring the safety of others

If you have safeguarding concerns about any child or vulnerable person you meet during your volunteering, it’s important you pass on your concerns.

Safeguarding advice has been developed to guide volunteers when they are out and about. 

The Voluntary and Community Sector team

The VCS team is on hand to provide support to the sector at this time. Please contact the team at partnerships@islington.gov.uk with any queries or questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

VCS Newsletters

VCS Newsletters are being shared with the sector containing useful information and guidance during this time. If you would like to sign up to receive future mailings please email partnerships@islington.gov.uk with your organisations name, contact name and email.

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