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This is an outline of Medrwn Môn’s role, and the current focus of our work to support people, volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Medrwn Môn’s aim is to strengthen and empower communities throughout Anglesey and our priority and focus at this time is responding to the needs of people and communities across Anglesey.
We cannot do this alone and it is very encouraging that so many people in our communities have come forward to volunteer their time and effort to help neighbours in need and do a ‘good turn’. We are working in partnership with other third sector organisations and public services, especially the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Menter Môn.
Medrwn Môn's services continue to be available, with all our focus now on the needs arising during the COVID-19 period. Our mission is to support people, volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations.
Môn Community Link is available and our Local Asset Co-ordinators are still here to talk to you over the phone. You can contact Môn Community Link by phone on 01248 725745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help in any way we can.
This INFORMATION BOOKLET - gives an up-to-date list of services that are available to support the residents of Anglesey. The booklet lists details of more than 30 different services – and the aim is to ensure that the residents of Anglesey are aware of organisations and services that can support their health and well-being.
SUPPORTING COMMUNITY RESPONSE
We have been working closely with new and existing groups who have come forward to act as volunteer-led Area Support Teams across the Island. To find out about your Area Support Team, CLICK HERE. In partnership with Anglesey County Council and Menter Môn, we have produced some basic guidance and information for local community/good neighbour schemes that are being established across the Island in the light of the Covd-19 outbreak. WCVA have also prepared guidance on the Community response to Covid-19 - enabling safe and effective practice which you can access HERE.
Individuals interested in volunteering their time with their local Area Support Team can contact Môn Community Link to register their details - email@example.com. We will keep in contact with everyone who registers, linking them with a community need, as and when appropriate.
We need to be mindful of the risks of linking our vulnerable residents with unregulated support, so we are working on the best possible ways to harness the willingness and energy of those who are well and willing with the key areas of need – to protect the helper as well as the person needing help.
Below is a survey for anyone wanting to register an interest to volunteer on Anglesey, whether it be for a community group, Good Turn Scheme or a larger 3rd Sector Organisation. It asks what interests people have and what their availability is and whether we can share their information with our partners to link them up with opportunities to suit them: SURVEY
For useful information and guidance about how you can safely help in your community, visit the Welsh Government website: How can I safely help in my community?
For further information on volunteering opportunities and to register your interest in volunteering visit the Volunteering Wales website.
COMMUNITY GROUPS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
Does your organisation need volunteers to help with Covid-19?
Medrwn Môn continues to offer a range of support to Community and Voluntary Groups on Anglesey. If you would like information or support on the following areas,
- Supply of PPE for your volunteers or Hwb
- Sustainable Funding
- Good Governance Methods
- Discuss ideas and share good practice
If you’re concerned about any grants or contracts you’re delivering at the moment, please get in touch with us if you need help to negotiate with funders or commissioners and reprofile activities. Also visit Funding Cymru for information on various funds to support the sector through this period.
The Charity Commission has issued guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
WCVA has information on issues for Trustees to consider HERE.
Community Transport Association (CTA) has issued guidance on Community Transport HERE.
Funds to support vital community projects as they continue to respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months have been distributed through the ‘Emergency Community Response Fund’ the ‘Services Support Fund’ and the ‘Active Lifestyle Fund for Families’. These funds are now closed as all funding has been allocated. However updates will follow if we succeed in securing additional funding for other phases of the pandemic so that groups and organisations can apply for them.
We are continuing to collaborate with other organisations in seeking funding especially for those charitable groups well-placed to take action, and to help them in their ongoing steps to provide essential support to the most vulnerable members of our community during this public health crisis.
We hope to update you soon on funding that may be available to assist Village Halls and Community Centres that are used for a range of purposes, and relevant guidance on specific permitted activities is signposted below in the Welsh Government Guidelines document.
In order to open there are general principles that all managers and users of community spaces should follow.
Any reopening plans should be consistent with:
- taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to and the spread of Covid-19 by those who have been at the premises
- core public health guidance regarding health, cleaning, hand and respiratory hygiene, and physical distancing
- safe workplace guidelines, to ensure employees are safe to return to work.
Anyone with control of non-domestic premises (such as a community centres, village or community halls) has legal responsibilities under health and safety law, and must take reasonable measures to ensure the premises, access to it, and any equipment or substances provided are safe for people using it, so far as is reasonably practicable.
WELSH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES - SAFE USE OF MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTRES (COVID-19): Safe Use Multi Purpose Community Centres
The WCVA also has also issued guidelines for Community Centres reopening in Wales: Guidance for Community Centres Reopening In Wales
INFORMATION SHARING AND REGULAR UPDATES
Medrwn Môn has set up this dedicated webpage that will link to the updates we share on our response to the pandemic. Updates will also be shared on our Facebook page @medrwnmon and Twitter @medrwnmon. We are also issuing regular E-BULLETINS to highlight the latest information. We know that organisations have a huge number of questions on what this means for them on areas such as governance, looking after staff and their financial sustainability.
If you have news to share, let us know and we will share the information via our E-Bulletin or social media.
Covid-19 Guidance and Resources page on the WCVA website has useful information and advice for organisations in Wales.
Medrwn Môn has been working in partnership with the Isle of Anglesey County Council, Menter Môn, the Rural Development Agency on Anglesey and voluntary organisations such as the Anglesey Food Bank, Môn CF and CAB Ynys Môn. Together we are trying to understand the issues that communities face and help identify solutions to these issues.
We’ve been speaking regularly to voluntary and charitable organisations across the Island about changes to their service provision as well as identifying opportunities to share resources and deploy staff and volunteers where possible.
We’re liaising with regional networks and organisations specialising in health and social care and in emergency responses, North Wales Police and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to share and co-ordinate information and effort. WCVA is working hard on behalf of the sector on a national level by leading on providing a link between the Secretary of State for Wales and Welsh Government Ministers, WLGA and Once Voice Wales to support local collaboration and we’ve been speaking regularly to the network of CVCs working locally across Wales.
We need to work together, across the voluntary sector but also with local government and businesses, to support people, communities and each other through the crisis. Medrwn Môn will be doing everything we can to help that happen in the coming weeks and months.
Where possible, we are working to re-direct existing funds and unlock new funds to support organisations and communities during this crisis.
ANGLESEY FOOD BANK
Covid-19 will have a significant impact on the lives of families and individuals on Anglesey. Communities are responding brilliantly to support the most vulnerable. The Anglesey Food Bank is run by local people for local people – and they rely on the community’s support to ensure that they can continue to stop people going hungry. If you would like to support the Anglesey Food Bank visit their website HERE.
LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION
For the latest health related advice, visit: Public Health Wales
For the latest Welsh Government Coronavirus advice and announcements: Welsh Government
For the latest UK Government advice and announcements: https://www.gov.uk/
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): DBS
Information Commissioner’s Office (Data Protection): ICO Data Protection
Charity Commission: Charity Commission
Isle of Anglesey County Council: www.ynysmon.gov.uk
Menter Môn: www.mentermon.com