Coronavirus information and advice for residents, charities, and community and voluntary groups in Tameside.
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Information for Tameside Residents
You do not need to register if you are interested in informal volunteering, such as shopping for a neighbour. Visit our Mutual Aid advice page for more information on community volunteering.
Action Together is raising money for the emergency community response to coronavirus. All the money raised will go to local groups and charities in Tameside to help them continue to provide vital community support.
Foodbanks across Tameside have seen an unprecedented demand on their services as a result of Covid19. Residents are finding themselves in food poverty following job losses, school closures and extra meals to prepare as well as benefit assessments being put on hold.
Many families are visiting foodbanks for the first time, putting huge pressure on local foodbanks and their food supplies. They need more donations, otherwise many will be forced to close.
Can you help? As supermarkets begin to lift restrictions on number of items shoppers can buy, could you donate even just one extra item while doing your weekly shop?
Remember while you are visiting supermarkets to keep your social distance and wash your hands before and following your trip.
Make a food donation to one of your local foodbanks at a these supermarket:
|Tameside South Foodbank||
One Stop , Hattersley Road West, Valley Parade, SK14 3HW
Tesco Extra, 407 Stockport Rd, Hyde SK14 3AU
|Tameside Droylsden & District Foodbank||Tesco, Manchester Road, Droylsden, M43 6TQ|
|Tameside East Foodbank||
Asda, Cavendish Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Morrisons, Foundry Street, Dukinfield
Tesco, Trinity Street, Stalybridge
The Coop, 23 Arundel Street, Mossley OL5 0LS
|Haughton Green Foodbank||
Morrisons, Saxon Street Denton Manchester M34 3DS
Sainsburys, Oldham Street, Denton, Manchester, M34 3SJ
If you are self-isolating and have no family, friends or neighbours to support you please call the council on 0161 342 8355
Information for Tameside Groups and Organisations
We are collecting information from groups and organisations in Tameside who will need volunteers over the coming months. Please complete the form at this link and we will contact you.
The Community Wellbeing Programme managed by Action Together will administer small grants for partners affected by Covid-19. Read this statement from Tameside & Glossop Strategic Commission about investment into the VCFSE sector.
Our Covid-19 Community Response Fund is available for groups working on a community response to coronavirus in Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside and Glossop.
You can apply for a grant for either up to £200 or up to £1,000.
We are also sharing other funding available in response to coronavirus on our Find Funding page.
Action Together's Tameside office is closed but our staff are available to support voluntary and community organisations.
For support contact Action Together on 0161 339 2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title your email Coronavirus.
1. General Guidance
- The government have produced guidance for the charity sector around coronavirus
- NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) have guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic.
2. Business Continuity Planning
- You should think about business continuity planning (planning to keep your group and your key activities going). NVCO have produced a document on Organisational Resilience which can help you think this through. Download NCVO's Organisational Resilience checklist
- We have produced a checklist for smaller, grassroots, volunteer-led groups. We would encourage you to review and complete the document before contacting us. We can then provide the best support for you. Download Action Together's COVID-19 guidance for volunteer-led groups.
- Some continuity issues to think about may include:
- The emergency contact details for your team and members
- Having processes in place to allow home working should the need arise. If your building is closed or your team have to isolate themselves how will you continue to operate?
- How you support members / beneficiaries by phone rather than face to face
- What difficulties and issues will arise if your team are off sick, and how will you manage them?
- How you will manage expectations of members, beneficiaries, and stakeholders including commissioners?
3. Guidance on Events
- Action Together have postponed all our upcoming events and training
- We advise VCFSE groups and organisations to postpone their own social events and follow offical advice on social distancing
- Tameside Safeguarding Partnership have developed this safeguarding information for volunteers.
- Tameside Safeguarding Children Partnership have e-learning modules, resources & guidance during Coronavirus online
- Watch this video on Safeguarding Awareness for Volunteers
5. Working Safely
- If sharing a workspace, please ensure that you provide hand washing facilities (hot water and soap) and encourage people to wash their hands regularly
- Consider printing and displaying these Government and NHS posters in any work spaces:
- If you develop a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, you should self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started if you live alone. If you live with others and are the first person to get symptoms, this is still 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must self-isolate for 14 days. You should not volunteer outside of your home during this period
- If you are in a higher risk group as advised by the government (those aged over-70 or usually eligible for the flu jab, or more medically vulnerable groups) then you should avoid contact with others and should not volunteer outside of your home
- Good hand hygiene is incredibly important. You should wash your hands with warm soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds at the start and end of your volunteering activity, and at regular intervals where possible. You should also wash your hands between activities that involve you touching shared surfaces, e.g. delivering shopping
- You should avoid touching your face
- Should you cough or sneeze you should do so into a tissue and this should be disposed of and hands washed
- Use alcohol hand gel when out and about when handwashing facilities are not available
- If you have to work in an area with other people, e.g. a foodbank you should make sure that people stay 2 metres apart. You should keep surfaces clear from clutter and clean them regularly
- If you are supporting people with deliveries then call/text ahead to make sure that people are aware you are coming. Deliveries should be left on the doorstep and you should be at least 2m from the door when it is opened
6. Digital Support
- Many VCSE sector organisations are having to pivot quickly to distance working and working-from-home arrangements. This can be a challenge for a sector which hasn’t always done this traditionally, and who don’t have the budget or staff to quickly mobilise digital infrastructure.
- A wide range of technology tools and companies have introduced offers to support organisations responding to Covid-19. A few that might be helpful for you include:
- Microsoft Teams is being widely used by public services (including across the NHS). It includes video-conferencing facilities, the ability to share files, and instant messaging tools (like SMS messages, but on a computer). Microsoft are now making a free version of Teams available to anyone. This might help you to engage more effectively with public sector organisations in your area. Find out more on the Microsoft Teams site.
- Zoom is also being widely used (and proving to be quite stable) for people to video-conference over the internet. Find out more about how to use Zoom.
- Dropbox is a service for sharing files remotely. It is offering free Business accounts for 3 months to charities and non-profits working on Covid-19 response. Sign up on the Dropbox site.
- Mailchimp is a system for sending out email newsletter (it simplifies distribution lists, scheduling of emails etc). It is making a similar offer of free access to its paid-for service (called ‘Standard’) to Governments and charities who need to communicate with people about the disease. Sign up for Mailchimp here.