At Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA), we are working closely with the Council on the coordinated community response, but our focus is you, our members, as you are playing such a pivotal role supporting the community and its most vulnerable residents.
If you need to speak to one of the team, please feel free to speak to your usual contacts or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for everything you are all doing to support those most in need. Stay in touch, stay well and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
New restrictions in west Cheshire
New restrictions, subject to Parliamentary approval, will be introduced in west Cheshire on Wednesday 14 October in response to a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the borough.
Organisations in the voluntary and community sector may be exempt from some of the restrictions because of the services they deliver and people they support, but it is important to follow the new restrictions closely in the community and outside work.
Full details about the new restrictions in west Cheshire can be found on the Council’s website. There is also more information about the local alert levels on the Government’s website.
The following exemptions apply;
• for work, volunteering to provide voluntary or charitable services
• for registered childcare, education or training
• for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after school childcare), youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
• to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable (this includes anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support)
• for outdoor exercise and dance classes, organised outdoor sport, and licensed outdoor physical activity
• indoor organised team sports for disabled people, and youth sport
• support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support (not to take place in private dwellings)
This means that you are able to;
• continue to deliver your face to face services within the restrictions above and the existing COVID restrictions.
• have volunteers support your services (they are not counted in the 15)
• have staff work from the office, if they can’t work from home (they are not included in the 15)
More detail is available on the Government website.
If you are worried about vulnerable clients or beneficiaries at this time, go to https://livewell.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/Categories/4854
CWaC Helpline 0300 123 7031 is available from 8am to 7pm every day from Monday to Friday for residents in west Cheshire. Please note this service is no longer available on weekends.
CWP Mental Health helpline 0800 145 6485. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
For any other queries about what to do during the Covid-19 crisis, go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus