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Reaching People

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Corona Virus – Covid 19 – updates

Corona Virus – Covid 19 – updates

Updates on what is happening within the Reaching People Consortium:

Many thanks to everyone who has been sharing updated policies and practice. Risk assessment grids of various kinds seem to be in use and many organisations now operating partial working from home if not all. Some beginning to look at potential re-deployment of staff to community support in relation to new demands and to respond to need.

Also some need to prepare for the expected rise in demand for services as the economic situation grips and companies begin making staff redundant/ income for zero hours and self- employed people dries up – some of our services will be in more demand and possibly shorted supply – for example food in food banks and advice about income and benefits. We understand the County Council is keeping libraries open but temporarily closing activities. We have not yet heard from the City Council.

The Lottery, one of our major funders, has indicated it will move grant application deadlines and also be flexible in reporting periods.
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Healthcare Watch message:

Healthwatch leicester and leicestershire are suspending their current programme but would like you to keep in touch with them and share your stories of health and social care, you can either phone us 0116 2518313, email enquiries@healthwatchll.com, use our Feedback Centre on the Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire website .
Their website contains the full guidance and will be updated frequently Below is the latest information and advice from the Government The information does change very frequently, this was accurate as of 9.30pm on 16th March, our websites will always have links to the latest information)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
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DWP have informed us of the following –
1. Job centres open but no providers – Leicester Job centres are no longer letting other providers into their job Centres.

2. Provided confirmation that there is no sanctioning if clients cannot attend work clubs etc.