Voluntary & Community Sector
Coronavirus Bulletin
Issue 3 - Friday 10th April 2020
Regular update for:
To receive this bulletin e-mail: community@west-lindsey.gov.uk
Community groups
Social enterprises
Parish Councils
Town Councils
Community Businesses
What’s New in this Bulletin?
This week we have a reminder about the West Lindsey Community Hub which is
helping to match people in need of help with local community groups and charities
providing support. We have also updated our information pages on our website with
the latest details of support for business, individuals and community organisations.
We have now launched the West Lindsey COVID-19 Community Fund to support
groups delivering help to our vulnerable residents. Other funding schemes are also
launching to help groups continue the excellent work supporting people during the
This week’s bulletin also includes our first spotlight on Community Heroes in our
district. Please share your group stories with us so we can feature in future bulletins
and also shout about the amazing work being done on social media and in the local
news. E-mails your stories to: community@west-lindsey.gov.uk
Coronavirus Update
As of Friday 10th April the total cases in the UK is 70,272 of which 58,817 are in
England. There have been 8,958 deaths in the UK.
o In Lincolnshire there are 392 confirmed cases
o In North Lincolnshire there are 77 confirmed cases
o In North East Lincolnshire there are 61 confirmed cases
For the latest NHS advice on Coronavirus visit:
For the latest Government advice on Coronavirus visit:
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Coronavirus Bulletin
Are you providing support/help to people?
Make sure you have registered your group’s activities
The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum is maintaining a database of all activities being
delivered by community groups, charities and councils to support people. This
information is used by our West Lindsey Community Hub to direct calls for help to the
most appropriate local group.
If you are delivering any activity in your community to support people during the
pandemic please register this with the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. Please send
details of what support you are or can provide including area of operation and how we
can contact you. We cannot pass tasks on to any group which hasn’t registered.
E-mail: CEC_CVC@lincoln.fire-uk.org
Thank you to all groups that have already registered.
Individuals Looking for Help
We are working closely with Lincolnshire County Council to receive calls for help and
match people to local groups and charities who can support them with collecting food
and medicine. Individuals can request help for themselves or on behalf of a family
member online or by telephone.
To request help for yourself or a family member visit:
Or call: 01522 782189
Support for Voluntary & Community Sector
Our Communities Team are on hand to help your community organisation to manage
the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. We can provide advice, support and direct
you to funding opportunities.
We have a dedicated webpage with the latest advice, support and funding for
voluntary sector organisations and parish councils.
If as a result of the coronavirus pandemic your community organisation is facing
difficulties in maintaining services for vulnerable people please contact us.
Visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/coronavirus-support
E-mail: community@west-lindsey.gov.uk
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Grants and Funding
COVID-19 Community Fund
West Lindsey District Council
A £100,000 fund has been created to help communities as they respond to
exceptional challenges over the coming months. We want to support local
charities, community organisations and parish councils who are delivering
essential services to vulnerable residents impacted by COVID-19.
Community organisations operating in West Lindsey can apply for a grant of
between £250 and £5,000 to deliver projects or services.
For more information and to apply visit:
COVID-19 Community Fund Scheme
Lincolnshire County Council
This scheme provides funding for local projects during the coronavirus
pandemic. Each County Councillor can allocate £3,000 towards initiatives which
benefit the community.
For more information and to apply visit:
Lincolnshire COVID-19 Crisis Fund
Lincolnshire Community Foundation
This fund is open to donations from the public and will make grant awards to
support community groups who are supporting vulnerable people.
For more information and to apply visit:
Other COVID-19 Grants and Funding
A wide range of regional and national funding schemes are now available with more
being announced regularly. We are providing details of other available funding
schemes on our funding pages online.
Visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/funding
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Support for Businesses and Self-Employed
Grants and Rate Relief
For details of available grants and rate relief schemes to support businesses please
visit our dedicated webpage. On this page we have details about:
Grants for Small Businesses
Government Support for Business
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Business Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
Business Rates Holidays for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
Visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/coronavirus-business
Business Lincolnshire Helpline
Business Lincolnshire are providing a wide range of advice and
support during the pandemic. Visit their website for useful advice,
FAQ’s and checklists. They also provide a COVID-19 Information
and Advice helpline.
Visit: www.businesslincolnshire.com
Helpline telephone: 01522 782189 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
How People Can Volunteer
Voluntary Centre Services
Provide up to date information on volunteering opportunities across
Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey.
Visit: www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk
NHS Volunteering
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the 1.5m
people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well.
For more information and to register as a volunteer visit:
British Red Cross Emergency Reserves
Emergency and community based volunteer roles to support people
in need.
For more information and to register as a volunteer visit:
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Changes to Parish/Town Council Meetings
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has provided details on
two sets of regulations made under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
The first set of regulations enables all local authority meetings before 7th May 2021
to be held remotely and removes the requirement for the annual meeting this year.
The second set postpones until 6th May 2021 local by-elections and other polls,
either scheduled or which would otherwise arise before that date.
You can read more about these changes by visiting:
10. Council Service Disruption
During the Coronavirus pandemic a number of services may be impacted. For details
of the latest council service disruptions please visit:
West Lindsey District Council
Lincolnshire County Council
11. Social Media Updates
The following social media sources can be followed for useful advice and updates:
West Lindsey District Council
Facebook: @westlindseydistrictcouncil
Twitter: @WestLindseyDC
Lincolnshire County Council
Facebook: @lincolnshirecc
Twitter: @LincolnshireCC
Facebook: @NHSwebsite
Twitter: @NHSEngland
Facebook: @UKgovernment
Twitter: @GOVUK
Voluntary Centre Services
Facebook: @voluntarycentreservices
Twitter: @VCSLincs
Business Lincolnshire
Facebook: @Businesslincolnshire
Twitter: @BusinessLincs
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12. Community Heroes Spotlight
Volunteers for Caistor
This group of volunteers has come together to ensure
residents in Caistor and the surrounding area can get
support with getting essential food, toiletries and
medicines. The group have supported over 40 people in
the community so far and have created a basic
provisions store to take in donated items.
For continuity the group matches a volunteer to a
specific person or group of people so that they can keep
in touch on a regular basis.
Non-perishable donations are being accepted at Caistor
Town Hall between 4:30pm and 5pm each week day. The
group have been supported by The Caistor Lions, Alpha Fire
& Air, Morrisons, Lincolnshire Wellbeing, West Lindsey
District Council and Caistor Town Council.
One of the group founders and Caistor Town Councillor,
Steve Critten praised the community and volunteers.
He said: “How people in our community are pulling together at this time of need is
amazing. We have received lots of donations and support from local residents and
businesses. Everything we are doing is all made possible thanks to our amazing
Follow this group on Facebook:
Volunteers for Caistor
Share your stories about other community heroes
Do you have a story or example of good work in the community to share?
Please share your stories of community heroes so we can raise awareness and pay
thanks to the amazing work being done across West Lindsey.
E-mail your stories, photos and videos to: community@west-lindsey.gov.uk
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