24th April 2020

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.

Our COVID-19 Community Fund has now launched to provide grants to community organisations supporting people during the pandemic. We have now started to make our first grant awards to projects supporting vulnerable people with access to food and wellbeing support.

A new mental health helpline is available for people feeling anxious, lonely or struggling with their mental health. This is provided by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and we have the contact number and website in this bulletin

Coronavirus Update

As of Thursday 23 rd April the total cases in the UK is 138,078 of which 102,221 are in England. There have been 18,738 deaths in the UK.

In Lincolnshire there are 712 confirmed cases

In North Lincolnshire there are 244 confirmed cases

In North East Lincolnshire there are 109 confirmed cases

For the latest NHS advice on Coronavirus visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

For the latest Government advice on Coronavirus visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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:

www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/coronavirus-help

Or call: 01522 782189

Community Response Guidance  

We have a dedicated webpage with the latest advice, support and funding for voluntary sector organisations and parish councils delivering services during the pandemic.

On this page you can download our Community Group pack with useful advice and tips on how to support people and protect your volunteers. We also have links to available funding opportunities and details of how people can advertise volunteering opportunities.

Visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/coronavirus-support

E-mail: community@west-lindsey.gov.uk

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

Bulky Waste Collection Set to Resume

 We are now able to resume bulky waste collection services from Monday 27 th April, demand is likely to be high so please be patient. Residents will be able to order a bulky waste collection on our website and use this service to remove household items such as washing machines or mattresses.

We know people may generate more waste as they are spending more time at home and, for now at least, Household Waste Recycling Centres remain closed. Advice for residents is to avoid generating extra waste if at all possible, any extra waste which is produced should be stored safely until HWRC's reopen.

For more information visit:

www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/refuse-and-recycling/bulky-waste

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.

Mental Health Helpline

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have are providing a Mental Health Helpline for anyone feeling anxious, lonely or struggling with their mental health.  If someone needs support or just another person to talk to, the helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone: 0800 001 4331

Or visit: www.lpft.nhs.uk

Grants and Funding

 COVID-19 Community Fund

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:

www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/funding

COVID-19 Community Fund Scheme

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grants-funding

Lincolnshire COVID-19 Crisis Fund

www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk

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 7 th May 2021 to be held remotely and removes the requirement for the annual meeting this year.

The second set postpones until 6 th 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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-councils-about-local-authority-meetings-and-postponement-of-elections

Council Services 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          

www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/coronavirus    

Lincolnshire County Council

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/coronavirus