TSL WEEKLY DIGEST 01-05-2020

We've updated the TSL website pages with various pieces of information, find here the round up for this week.

TSL WEEKLY DIGEST 01-05-2020  
 
LEARNING FROM AROUND THE SECTOR CLINKS – Supporting the voluntary sector in the criminal justice service have done a survey and in this blog they share their findings. 
 
Continued uncertainty  128 voluntary sector organisations took our second survey on Covid-19. The results build up an even more detailed picture of the challenges and experiences of the sector. Findings include: the vast majority of organisations have had to reduce service provision; the sector remains uncertain about furloughing staff; organisations face barriers in applying for government support. 43% organisations told us they do not meet the eligibility criteria for financial support from the government. This was the largest reported barrier to applying for support. To help us monitor how the voluntary sector in criminal justice is surviving during this time, track the changes it’s going through, and meet the needs of organisations, we are conducting this survey every other week. Read more here https://www.clinks.org/community/blog-posts/reduced-service-provision-and-continued-uncertainty-how-covid-19-impacting?utm_source=Light%2520Lunch&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=lightlunch632    
 
The Ubele Initiative has published a final report of the research conducted between 19 March and 4 April 2020: IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE BAME COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY; by the Ubele Initiative: https://www.ubele.org/covid19-supporting-bame-communities  
 
BEREAVEMENT Leeds Bereavement Forum have produced a Covid-19 bereavement links and resources page that contains support and advice for anyone who has recently lost a close friend or relative   http://lbforum.org.uk/news-and-events/covid-19-bereavement-news/  
 
COVID-19 Testing Available for Third Sector H&C staff with symptoms  
Leeds is now able to offer Covid 19 testing to Third Sector staff across Health and Social care services in Leeds through the Temple Green site (J45 MI). It is a large site with capacity to deliver 400 tests a day.  
 
The criteria for testing is: the member of staff, or one of their family members, must be self-isolating and must have symptoms. Staff will be turned away from the site if they do not have symptoms.  
Staff need to be booking in for a test as soon as they go off work with symptoms as testing should ideally be done in the first 3 days, and at the most, 5 days. The turnaround from the labs is 48 hours and results are made available to the staff member via text/e-mail.    
The booking mechanism is: please e-mail staff names and contact telephone numbers to the email address below and a member of the team will call them back, go through the criteria, give them all the information they need and book them a slot: leedsccg.openclinic@nhs.net 
If the staff member is isolating due to a child being symptomatic then we have a small amount of capacity at LTHT to offer testing of those children. Please again email the staff member's details to the e-mail address and we will call back to arrange. 
Deloitte, the national company that is running the site and the CCG have been asked about data management of staff personal details when using the test centre. Information about how data is handled can be provided
 
Child Friendly Leeds
Visit the brand new Child Friendly Leeds Ultimate Guide and blog site that brings together all local and national resources and activities for children, young people and families in Leeds while we stay at home. Including online family-friendly events hosted by Leeds Inspired, the award-winning Leeds Curriculum from Museums and Galleries, top tips for keeping the kids entertained at home, a fortnightly #OurChildFriendlyLeeds competition, and lots of other fun and engaging activities.
 
Visit the site here  You can also follow @Child_Leeds on Twitter, @childfriendlyleeds on Instagram and like the Child Friendly Leeds Facebook page. 
 
 
AUTISTIC ADULTS
 
The Government has published the following guidance on Covid-19 – Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults: The advice and resources may also be helpful for those supporting people with other needs relating to a cognitive impairment, such as dementia or mental health conditions. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-supporting-adults-with-learning-disabilities-and-autistic-adults
 
Advonet’s Leeds Autism AIM team has produced a handy COVID-19 guide for volunteers and professionals working with autistic adults. The advice and resources may also be helpful for those supporting people with other needs relating to a cognitive impairment, such as dementia or mental health conditions. https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/news/2020/04/18/a-guide-by-leeds-autism-aim-for-professionals-working-with-autistic-clients-during-the-covid-19-crisis/    
 
Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown  
The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. Led by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the plan will aim to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness. The latest #Let’sTalkLoneliness public campaign has been rolled out to get people talking openly about loneliness, which includes new public guidance offering useful tips and advice on what to do to look after yourself and others safely.
Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-plan-to-tackle-loneliness-during-coronavirus-lockdown  
 
WELFARE RIGHTS
•          Have you been affected by lockdown?
•          Are you worried about your income during the current lockdown?
•          Are you no longer working?
•          Is your employer putting you on furlough?
•          Can you claim any benefits if you are sick or shielding?
•          Are you receiving benefits or tax credits but don’t know if you need to let the
•          benefit office know about your current situation?
•          Having problems with your benefit but don’t know what you can do?
•          What is Universal Credit?
Welfare Rights can offer advice and information to Leeds residents about these and other questions you may have about your income. The Welfare Rights helpline is staffed by a team of experienced Welfare Rights Advisors and advice is available by telephone or email.
 
The service is free and there is no charge for using this service. All advice given is confidential and will not be passed on to anyone else without your consent.
 
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