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COVID-19 Selnet Statement & Resources

Statement from Selnet

 
“Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is already impacting on social enterprises and the communities you support. The next few months are going to be uncertain and challenging for us all but we are working to secure guidance and lobby with national partners to support our sector.

The Selnet team are still working, either from home or from the office on a rota basis to help ensure business continuation as far as possible. We continue to follow Government guidance and have collated a list of resources to access support and information to help you navigate to what you need.

With so much guidance and communication being provided online, we remain active on social media and will share your opportunities, requests, solidarity or news if you can tag @SelnetLtd.

We see the ways you’re stepping up and responding to the needs across Lancashire’s communities and will support you in any way we can. Stay safe everyone “ –  Liz Tapner, CEO

 


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Project updates:

Building Better Opportunities:
We have asked several practical questions of the funder and are pressing for answers to these so that we can feed this back to partners asap. Partners have been asked to talk to Donna or their Project Lead at Selnet if the effects of the pandemic are going to have an impact on your ability to meet your contractual requirements, including project delivery and submission of claims.

Two/Zero Scale Up programme:
We are in the process of contacting applicants and connecting them with coaches to complete a comprehensive needs assessment via video call. This will give us the information we need to identify the programme of masterclasses and seminars that will support scaling in due course… More than ever, Lancashire will need the products and services of our sector to help recover from the current crisis. We will be working with applicants who had identified scaling opportunities to help realise them and achieve their crucial impact and job creation potential in the coming months.

Beyond The EU Projects; What Next For Lancashire?
Unfortunately this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course. In the meantime, on this page and via the Selnet Informer, we will be issuing some information regarding the Shared Prosperity Fund and the implications for Lancashire of ESIF funds coming to an end.

Crisis Furniture Support Service:
Every effort is being made to continue supply and fulfil referrals for customers under the scheme and are managing risk of delivery accordingly:

    • The current national government guidance is being followed at all times to protect everyone and to prevent the virus from spreading. Delivery teams are provided with the recommended protection equipment, resources and sanitising gel.
    • A risk assessment is carried out prior to a crisis referral delivery being made; in particular, before entering a customer’s home the team check whether anyone inside has COVID-19 or is self-isolating.

 

Selnet Ltd – Business Continuation Plan (pdf)

 

Council and Government Guidance

Boost Business Lancashire

  • Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. In the current situation, we have changed our focus from growth to supporting businesses as they feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The #AskForHelp service is available to all Lancashire business owners. They can call us on 0800 488 0057 to discuss all business issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. Our team will advise where possible, as well as directing businesses to expert advisers across Lancashire.
    We have also built a dedicated #AskForHelp hub with resilience guides, access to Government updates and partner advice as well information about webinars, virtual drop-in sessions and other support.
  • A Lancashire-wide relief effort has been launched to support those in isolation by utilising the spare capacity of hospitality businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Coronavirus: Government advice for businesses

Lancashire County Council are continuing to work with colleagues in the NHS and Public Health England to do everything we can to delay the spread of coronavirus and ensure the people of Lancashire are protected.

Blackpool Council – Blackpool Council’s business support team is in the process of setting up a dedicated helpline to ensure that local businesses can access the support announced by the Chancellor. Details will be issued on this website shortly.

Blackburn with Darwen Council – includes guidance on building closures, prevention and business rates.

Government Guidance

 

Social Enterprise Guidance

Social Enterprise UK

NCVO

  • Information and guidance about coronavirus and what it means for voluntary organisations and volunteers.  This is to help you plan and access the latest up to date advice.
  • NCVO have also taken down all pay walls on the Knowhow website. This means that all online content is now free to all to use. So, whether it’s information about governance or online training for staff who are working from home unable to do their jobs, they hope this will provide that little bit of extra support.

Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)

School for Social Entrepreneurs

  • We want to do everything we can to help you, and the people you support, weather the storm. This blog shares links to resources you might find useful. We’ll update it as new resources become available or visible to us.

Pioneers Post 

  • The magazine and news source for social enterprises and the social-impact sector will be sharing news and updates specific to our sector on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other resources:

  • Plunkett Foundation– Information about Community Business and Coronavirus
  • Charity Commission– Guidance for the charity sector
  • Institute of Fundraising– Information for fundraisers to help everyone in the fundraising community have the right information to guide any action you might need to take
  • Charity Finance Group– Coronavirus and your charity – What can you do to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus?
  • Good Finance – information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19
  • Charity Bank – If you would like to receive our regular updates and newsletters please sign up here. Information about Charity Bank’s response to COVID-19 can be found here.
  • Co-operatives UK have put together a guide on HR issues answering questions such as ‘how do we treat employees who follow guidance to self-isolate?’ and ‘what about parents who are off work because their child’s school has closed?’.

National business and employer support

  • Chamber of Commerce As the situation surrounding coronavirus / COVID-19 continues to unfold the Chamber is working hard to keep you informed. With advice constantly changing and new support becoming available the Chamber will be sending regular updates to give you the information businesses need.
  • This Federation for Small Business (FSB) guide includes sections on if you have to close your organisation, business insurance, advice for employers and measures for the workplace. It’s aimed at small businesses but the advice is also relevant to small charities, social enterprises, community businesses and impact organisations.
  • Enterprise Nation– Support for small businesses during Coronavirus
  • ACAS– Advice for employers and employees
  • CIPD– Understand how to support your business and workforce through this global health emergency
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)– Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed

Communications planning:

  • “Crisis communications” might sound scary or extreme, but really it’s just about making sure you’re prepared for different eventualities, and that you keep people up-to-date during tricky times. It might help to plan how you’ll communicate with the people you work with throughout the coming weeks, if you’re expecting your organisation to be affected by coronavirus.
  • Charity Comms offers a free crisis communications planning template. The same page includes links to online advice guides.

Looking after your mental health:

 

These links are external and are provided for information only.

Selnet is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in these links.

 

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Partnership Opportunity: Employability Skills Provision (BBO Age of Opportunity Project – Preston, Pendle, West Lancs)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced organisations to provide employability skills support to Age of Opportunity participants from specified Boroughs within Lancashire (Pendle, Preston, West Lancs). These three Boroughs are the Boroughs in which participant engagement is lowest across Lancashire. In order to encourage positive engagement in all Boroughs we are seeking organisations who are able to provide targeted engagement and support activity within these three Boroughs.
 
 
The opportunity is advertised on The Chest: 

https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=7194b445-0b69-ea11-80ff-005056b64545

 

Closing Date – 7th April 2020 at 4pm

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Beyond the EU Projects: What next for Lancashire? POSTPONED

“Unfortunately this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course. In the meantime, on this page and via the Selnet Informer, we will be issuing some information regarding the Shared Prosperity Fund and the implications for Lancashire of ESIF funds coming to an end.”

 

The UK has left the EU, and so EU Structural Funds (ESIF) will start to taper off from 2020-21. The ‘UK Shared Prosperity Fund’ (UK SPF) has been proposed to replace ESIF funding but as yet there is no replacement prepared for when ESIF ends.

Selnet have facilitated EU programme-funded delivery partnerships for 13 years. We are currently managing 3 Building Better Opportunities projects for 50 partners, having secured £14.7M for our sector over 6 years.

Selnet are working to ensure funding is secured for the sector to continue delivering on their missions and building on the impacts being achieved in communities across Lancashire.

As the recognised lead for social enterprise in Lancashire, we are collaborating with Network For Europe to deliver “Beyond the EU Projects What next for Lancashire”; a Consultation Readiness Event to update and prepare our sector in advance of a national consultation on what will replace ESIF.

 

New date TBA 

 

Click here for more information and to book online

 

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Job Opportunity: Membership Lead Officer

 Applications are now closed

Selnet is the recognised lead for social enterprise in Lancashire and is named within the UK’s Top 100 social enterprises; we help Lancashire’s social entrepreneurs achieve ambitions, respond to challenges, tackle inequalities and empower local communities.

We are a social enterprise, run by our members to meet the needs of our members. Selnet represents Lancashire’s social business interests at national, regional and local levels through our wide network of stakeholders and partners. Members of Selnet join like-minded business people to share ideas, network, grow and develop, find local connections and help open their business up to new markets. Through our communications channels, members receive up to date sector news, funding information, events and training updates and have a platform to promote their business.

We are investing in this core aspect of our mission, using trading surplus to create a new Membership Lead Officer role. This role will help us to give Selnet membership a whole new energy; by building our membership base, identifying members’ needs and helping us to meet them. The post-holder will also support the development of the business, working with the Network Manager and CEO to design an improved and more meaningful offer for members.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification here 

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter directly addressing the Job Description and Person Specification provided to dawn@selnet-uk.com or by post to the address below by 12pm on 10th March 2020.

Selnet Ltd
Brentwood House, Victoria Road
Fulwood, Preston
PR2 8PS

 


 

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Smile Mediation – Mediator Training

Smile Mediation are providing a 6 day, College of Mediator accredited training course in April and May 2020 for people who are willing to volunteer as Mediators for Smile. We are specifically looking for volunteers in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester Areas.

At Smile, we are very proud of our Volunteers and we recognise the time and effort they generously give to support people experiencing conflict. We provide Mediator Supervision, Skills Practice and Support Sessions for our Volunteer Mediators so they develop their skills and continuous professional development (CPD).

Full flyer below:

Mediation Training Flyer2 2020

 

 


 

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Positive Action in the Community

Hills House
Leeds Rd
Nelson
BB9 8EL

Tel: 01282 877214

 

Email: info@p-a-c.org.uk

Web: www.p-a-c.org.uk

   

 

ABOUT US

We are a local registered charity working across Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale on a number of projects which support people to build emotional resilience, improve their emotional health and wellbeing, make positive choices, and improve their education and employment chances and move on to live independent lives.

We provide supported accommodation to Homeless young people, support to adults and children affected by domestic violence and early support to families who are struggling to cope.

 

 


 

 

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Community Futures

15 Victoria Rd
Fulwood
Preston
PR2 8PS

Contact: Denise Partington

Tel: 01772 717461

 

Email: admin@communityfutures.org.uk

Web: www.communityfutures.org.uk

 

ABOUT US

Community Futures is a registered charity (702233) and company limited by guarantee (333713). Our legal name, Community Council of Lancashire, was adopted over 40 years ago to enable us to become a Rural Community Council. This provides us with a unique role in supporting rural community life in Lancashire.

Most of the work we do is rooted in our very first actions as a support agency. Our initial hands on support for unemployed men and their families in Manchester, the flag ship Brentwood House Recuperation Home for Mothers (which also gave refuge to Jewish families fleeing Poland) and an abundance of self-help programmes in some of the most deprived communities in Lancashire all helped to build our credibility and reputation for the work we do today.

Not a lot has changed. We make organisations, individuals and communities better.

This can be better at what they do themselves or for others, but ultimately everything we do has this as a goal. We see evidence of our achievements all over Lancashire, from the community volunteer we supported to take on her own services, to the community that is thriving because we saved its Playgroup.

 


 

 

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Spring North

Business Development Centre
Suite 21 – Eanam Wharf
Blackburn
BB1 5BL

Tel: 01254 503200

Contact: Angela Allen

 

Email: office@springnorth.org.uk

Web: www.springnorth.org.uk

     

 

ABOUT US

OUR VISION

To develop innovative solutions to create a positive impact on the lives of children, young people, families and the communities in which they live whilst challenging inequality and disadvantage – to enable them to meet their full potential.

 

 


 

 

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RELEASE into Victory

Contact: Gina Gonzales MD

Tel: 07597 998169

 

Web: www.csasupportlancashire.com

 

 

ABOUT US

RELEASE into Victory (RiV) is a support service for adults over the age of 18 who have experienced or are affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). RiV is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company established in 2013; based in Leyland, we operate across Central Lancashire. Fundraising for our services is through the Angel Gifts shop and crafts centre at 98 Hough Lane, and our training, engagement ad counselling support takes place in our dedicated workshop and counselling rooms upstairs.

Watch our interview on That’s TV Lancashire and visit us online for more about our shop: https://www.facebook.com/angelgiftsgg

As a service, Release into Victory have three action points:

  • Raising awareness of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA): The time has come to stand together and face the fact that CSA is a whole society issue, if we ignore the problem we are simply allowing a veil of secrecy for the abusers to hide behind and therefore giving perpetrators opportunities to continue with this crime against vulnerable children. By raising awareness of CSA we can send a message to perpetrators that as a community we believe that sexual abuse is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated it in our society.
  • Training for support services: Our multi-agency approach is a major component of our service. We work in collaboration with local support services by exchanging & sharing Information, skills and expertise. We are running sample sessions from our training room in Leyland from March 2020 for support agencies to find out more about this service.
  • Support for survivors: Survivors deserve to be heard in a way that is best for them as individuals. People who have been abused often need and benefit from opportunities to validate their stories, speaking out about their experiences often leads to a sense of freedom and relief and can be very empowering. Our 1:1 confidential listening service, provides support to individuals to enable them to work out where they are emotionally on their own personal healing journey, and signpost on to professional counselling/therapy if required. We also provide access to our Peer Support Network.

 


 

 

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