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Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:31 by Ursula Southan
John Storer Charnwood is working with Charnwood Borough Council and other organisations to support people in our communities who may be struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If you are a resident of Charnwood, sharing a concern about a Charnwood resident, or want to help please contact us via email or via the request forms below, wherever possible. If you do need to call us please ring 01509 631750 (Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm). More »
Please note that if you have received a letter from the NHS which identifies you as someone at risk and you do not have family or a support network to help you get food and medicine please go to
Please be aware that Community Action Charnwood has a list of all the local contacts and groups in Syston who are helping and also is co-ordinating people who want to register as volunteers etc .
I am aware that there are a number of local groups working to assist residents of Syston namely :-
AGE CONCERN SYSTON & DISTRICT
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01162601476
- Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Syston, Leicester, LE7 1GP
Syston and District Volunteer Centre -https://syston-vc.org/
0116 260 7888
Syston & District Volunteer Centre
18 School Street
University of the third age in Syston is co-ordinating action among its members .
I am also aware that food banks are being run through the Hub Café and the various churches . » Less
Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:17 by Ursula Southan
More than £5 million of government funding is on its way to Charnwood businesses as part of a £50 million package to help local firms.
Charnwood Borough Council has acted quickly to get the first set of government business grants to local companies who are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. More firms will receive millions of pounds of support in the coming weeks.
On the day the council launched its online registration form (Wednesday, April 1), 539 businesses registered for grants and 222 payments worth a total of £5.5 million were processed that day. Some applications require further checks or information and are being carried out as a priority. More »
The Council estimates 2,700 businesses in the borough will be eligible for the grants worth a combined total of £32million.
It comes as the Council also informs 850 businesses in the borough this week that they qualify for a business rates relief holiday and therefore will not pay rates for a year. That will save the 850 businesses over £18 million in business rates.
Combined with the grants, the available support to borough businesses is worth around £50 million.
Cllr Tom Barkley, deputy leader of the council and lead member for finance, said: "After being in business myself for many years, I understand how heart-breaking it must be to be told to shut the door to your customers. The Council wants to make sure that every Charnwood business gets the help it needs during these times of upheaval.
"We have worked really hard and redeployed staff to start getting this funding to local companies because we know how much businesses are struggling and soon as we received the funding from government, we started moving it on to businesses.
"In total, between the grants and the business rates holidays, we estimate that package of support will be around £50 million in Charnwood alone".
Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 are available to businesses that already get rate relief or are in sectors most affected by the national lockdown – such as shops, restaurants, gyms, beauticians and estate agents.
In order to claim the grant payment, a business needs to fill in an online registration form on the Council website. It does not take long to complete and will help ensure that payments only go to those businesses that are eligible and in most need.
The Council has also deployed extra staff to help process the payments and deal with queries about the grants and other business rates matters during the COVID-19 crisis. However, the Council has been experiencing a high volume of calls so people are encouraged to visit the Council website in the first instance www.charnwood.gov.uk/cvbusiness or email email@example.com. Alternatively, call 01509 634831.
The government website businessupport.gov.uk is also packed with information for businesses » Less
Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:23 by Ursula Southan
The Council has launched Charnwood Community Action in partnership with John Storer Charnwood, The Bridge and other voluntary organisations including Loughborough Against Corona and Parish and Town Councils to help support residents in Charnwood during these difficult times.
The Charnwood Community Action Hub will respond to the various needs of the community including helping those who are self-isolating access shopping and prescription delivery. It will also help those who have been identified in need of specialist help, access food parcels and befriending support. More »
(Please note that if a resident has received a letter from the NHS which identifies them as someone at risk and if they do not have family or a support network to help them get food and medicine they should go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 0288327)
We have been very grateful of the response so far from a number of Parish and Town Councils and groups within your villages and wondered if you could support us by helping to sign post residents who need support and the groups/agencies which can offer help, to register on the John Storer Charnwood website www.jscharnwood.org.uk
In particular we would like to know if there is any group willing to help us distribute to those identified as needing food parcels. We would deliver to a central point (recommendation welcome) and volunteers could deliver from there. We would ask that those who volunteer to deliver follow the protocol which we can share with you.
Whilst we really appreciate all those that wish to help and support in their communities, we need to ensure the following criteria must be met for all volunteers;
•you and everybody in your household is well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature
•you are under 70
•you are not pregnant
•you do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus
Your help with identifying groups and volunteers in your villages is greatly appreciated and we will keep you updated with any developments.
As things seem to change on a daily basis please bear with us.
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