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Charity and community group responses to Covid-19 (Merthyr Tydfil Borough)

July 28th 2020

Charities and community groups have been greatly affected by Coronavirus and lock-down. Financially, many will have experienced a loss of income which will affect their ability to continue and there is a real concern that without the right support they may fail to make it into 2021.

This report looks at the impact of Coronavirus on charities and community groups in the Merthyr Tydfil area, and examined what action could be taken to ensure those they get the support they need to help them through the crisis, but also in the long-term. Despite a sense of confidence about their future, many said that financial support, training and help to plan for the future is crucial to ensure they can get through the long-term effects. A number of key actions were identified:

  • Funding support for those who have seen a decrease in income as a result of Coronavirus.
  • Tailored support advice and guidance on the availability of funding and making applications.
  • Provision or funding for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and safety equipment, or how to source it in the most cost-effective way.
  • Advice and training for staff and volunteers on social distancing and health and safety.
  • Help with finding alternative and suitable buildings in the short and long-term, and also advice and guidance about how to operate safely.
  • Specialist advice/or dedicated point of contact to provide  advice on furloughing, staffing issues and writing business plans.
  • Support to attract and manage volunteers.
  • Further digital training and sourcing of equipment.

 

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