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Carmarthenshire County Council Coronavirus News Update 19th March 2021

Community Response to Covid-19: short survey

There has been an upsurge in volunteering throughout Carmarthenshire during the COVID-19 pandemic. CAVS, Carmarthenshire County Council and its partners are seeking to ensure that volunteering, post pandemic is put on a sustainable footing.

To do this we first need to understand the range of activity organisations, community groups and their volunteers have undertaken. By filling in this short questionnaire you will help us to identify gaps and future support needs of volunteers.

Please follow this link to complete the survey

Census 2021

The census is coming on Sunday 21 March and is moving on-line, Census 2021 will be the first digital-first census. An access code will be sent in the post from the Office for National Statistics.

In the lead-up to the census we will be using a variety of channels to promote Census 2021.

Please follow this link for further information

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is helping young people at risk of long-term unemployment to get into the job market by providing Government Funding for employers to create six-month job placements. Funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, along with associated National Insurance contributions and the employer's minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

You will need to be a Registered Charity or Registered with Companies House and need to have been trading for over 2 years. Other terms will also apply - for more information email Andrew Bowley, Employer Engagement Officer: abowley@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Grants and payments - COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 emergency a number of schemes have been launched to provide financial support to assist charities and community / voluntary groups to continue to deliver services and provide much needed support in their communities.

Funding is available to businesses and organisations that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. We recommend you also visit our business support page and the Business Wales website. As part of our ongoing commitment to economic development and supporting businesses, we also offer a number of funding support schemes to businesses of all scales and at all stages in their development.

Please follow this link for further information

Food distribution survey

The LEADER programme in Camarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire have commissioned Miller Research to conduct a feasibility study on sustainable logistic models of food distribution in the three above areas.

As part of the research, we are distributing an online consumer survey for people living in the region about purchasing local food, to better understand existing buying patterns, as well as key drivers and barriers to purchasing locally.

Please follow this link to complete the survey

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB Vaccine Bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB will publish a Vaccine Bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Please follow this link to view Issue 10

Ten Towns initiative

Could digital technology help your town find solutions to some of its challenges and also provide opportunities?

As part of the Ten Towns initiative, community engagement sessions will be delivered to look at how digital technology, specifically IOT and LoRaWAN can be used to provide solutions to your town’s community.

Specific events for each town will be held over the upcoming weeks.

Please contact MEPembertown@carmarthenshire.gov.uk to get involved

'Claim what's yours' campaign

Given the acute financial pressures many families are likely to be experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the Welsh Government published its Child Poverty Income Maximisation plan in November 2020. The plan sets out a set of practical actions that ministers will work on over the a six month period to help maximise the incomes of families living in poverty in Wales, help reduce essential living costs and provide support to families to build financial resilience.

The primary objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the benefits available to families in Wales and encourage them to check what they could be entitled to.

Welsh Government need your help to raise awareness of the campaign across your channels and networks, reaching out to people who are not yet claiming for benefits they may be entitled to. They have developed a set of assets (including a press advert, A5 leaflet and social media videos x 4) which can easily be added to websites and social channels.

Please follow this link for further information

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Grants of up to £100,000 available for organisations who work with the Armed Forces Community! This community includes veterans, serving personnel, their spouses and dependents.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (please follow this link for further information) awards grants through specific funding programmes, each with its own aim(s) often based on community consultation.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will be opening new funding streams to continue support to existing charitable projects that work with the Armed Force Community.

If you represent a charity or an organisation that provide assistance to serving and former members of the British Armed Forces who are in need then you can apply also for a grant from the Veterans Foundation (please follow this link for further information).

For more details on this grant please follow this link for further information.

COVID19 WhatsApp Public Health Wales

Are you a community or network leader? Would you benefit from receiving the latest COVID-19 messaging, including the most recent vaccine information, directly to your mobile and ready to send on to your network?

Public Health Wales is expanding its WhatsApp messaging format by sending it directly to network leaders who operate on channels like whatsapp, facebook messenger, slack and more.
If you would like to receive these messages please contact PHW.Covid19Comms@wales.nhs.uk and let us know the mobile number you would like the messages sent to, the organisation/ community group you are working with and where your work is based. Please title the email COVID19 WhatsApp.

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