Dudley CVS COVID-19 Community Action and Support
Over the last few days, we have been having several conversations with our partners in regards to the escalation of coronavirus and how we can help mobilise community support for vulnerable people and at risk groups.
Dudley CVS has been asked to lead on co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 in Dudley borough, working with existing voluntary and community groups and the volunteer centre and connecting people that need support to assets in their local community. We will be working in partnership with DMBC Public Health, Dudley Council, West Midlands Police (Dudley borough), the Fire Service and the NHS over the coming weeks and months.
Dudley CVS will be:
- Co-ordinating community action – The Dudley borough is well blessed with active voluntary, community and faith based organisations and volunteers that will be developing plans to support vulnerable people in localities. There will be an additional groundswell of local people wanting to play a role in supporting COVID-19 efforts. Dudley CVS will look to harness this support in a safe and effective manner ensuring efforts are well co-ordinated and duplication is minimised.
- Exploring the establishment of six new virtual COVID-19 Support Networks, one in each of the following localities. Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal, Dudley and Netherton, Kingswinford and Amblecote, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye and Halesowen and Quarry Bank. We envisage these will involve colleagues from DMBC, the Police, voluntary sector organisations and groups, Fire Service, NHS and other colleagues. These will explore options for mobilising sector support for vulnerable and excluded groups.
Providing information and key messages to local voluntary, community and faith based organisations about COVID-19 and understanding from them what assistance they need to continue to provide support particularly to vulnerable groups.
Engaging with the sector to support business continuity.
Exploring with the sector, how it can provide new support to vulnerable adults that need to self-isolate or who are stressed and anxious about COVID-19.
Working with the voluntary and community sector to explore opportunities for the provision of child care for school aged children whose parents provide essential public services.
- Supporting residents in Dudley borough – sharing public health information to help keep residents informed of the ongoing and fast moving situation.
We have provided a new page on our website specifically in relation to coronavirus information and guidance. On this website page you will find links to two forms which have been designed to help mobilise local support. One form is for individuals who can register as volunteers and one is for groups and organisations who can register an interest in being part of 6 new virtual locality based COVID-19 Support Networks. Here is a link to a new coronavirus webpage: http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-community-action-and-support/
We are keeping in regular contact with partners and evolving our plans and responses accordingly. Please circulate this email to all of your friends, family and social networks.
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