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Information for volunteers using their car to help fight COVID-19.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have said that NHS Volunteer Responders, and others who are helping their communities during the coronavirus outbreak, do not need to contact their insurers to update their documents or extend their cover – News story on the ABI web site here.


What Local Foodbanks Need

Give Food is a registered charity that has an online app which allows you to see the latest request for supplies issued by local foodbanks in your area.

Just put your postcode into the app at https://www.givefood.org.uk/needs/ and you can see what they need right now.


Furloughed staff can volunteer, but not for their own charity

New guidance on the scheme published by HM Revenue & Customs confirms that furloughed employees are able to take part in volunteer work, providing this does not provide services to, or generate revenue for their employers.  This means that furloughed staff can do voluntary work, but not for their own charities.  For our sector this is both positive and negative: our own staff cannot undertake voluntary work for us, but all the furloughed staff from other organisations potentially gives us a bigger pool of working age volunteers.


Latest Retailer Announcements

The British Retail Consortium are maintaining a rolling list of announcements from retailers including subjects such as restricted opening times, product purchasing limits, food donation schemes etc. This can be found at this link.


Action Fraud – Coronavirus-related fraud reports increase by 400% in March.

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived. News story here.


Free DAB Radios for over 70s

( Due to the popularity of this offer it has currently been paused [14/04/20] )

BBC local radio is teaming up with manufacturers, retailers, and a loneliness charity to offer free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70. From Monday 30th March, anyone can nominate a recipient of a free radio by completing an online application form at www.wavelength.org.uk/radiohero.


 

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