Coronavirus Advice for Groups

The coming weeks will offer challenges, concern and confusion to many people across the Country. Advice and guidance is changing on a daily basis and therefore it is important at all times to follow the most up to date information from reliable sources. 

Guide to Informal Community Groups Responding to COVID-19 Coronavirus

The link below is to the Derbyshire County Council website which is updated at 3pm every day with the latest information:

DCC Guidelines for Volunteers

At High Peak CVS we see every day the fantastic work that groups and individuals undertake which has significant impact to those communities that need it the most. The Health and Wellbeing of the public is the absolute priority at this time but we are aware there will be practical and significant concerns regarding your groups and members. Below is a handy checklist to work through to ensure everything is under control and you are doing everything to stay safe:

- Regularly check the latest information from proven sources and follow the guidance given (Derbyshire County Council link above). Share this with group members so everyone is up to date.

- Consider a buddy system with members of your group. Arranging scheduled calls to check on each other. Sometimes just chatting can make all the difference.

- Remember YOU are part of the group too so ensure you are getting the same support as everyone else.

- Contact your funders. They are all aware of the current situation and will support you in ensuring the group can deal with a loss of service.

- Avoid Social Contact where possible events, meetings may need to be postponed. Ensure everyone is notified including venue organisers and attendees.

- Consider virtual meetings. Many people are utilising video conferencing to ensure face to face or telephone meetings can still go ahead.

- If you are concerned about a particular group member then please do get in touch.    However, for health related concerns contact 111 or in an emergency 999.

Our message to you is simple.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Isolation and restrictions over the coming weeks is a real challenge but there are lots of community, voluntary and statutory services out there that can help.

High Peak CVS will be contacting all our members over the coming weeks to offer our support but please do get in touch if you have any concerns or queries regarding your group, members or anything suggested above. You can contact us at: call and leave a message on 01663 735350.

Last Modified: 7 Nov 2020
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