EOU E-Bulletin - May 2020
Issue 01| 19 May 2020

EOU E-Bulletin - May 2020
The Evelyn Oldfield Unit provides specialist skills and support to  Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Migrant and Refugee (BAMER) groups and individuals.
News and Views
Chancellor extends furlough scheme until 31 October 2020

Last week the Chancellor announced an extension to the current furlough system.
From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
The government will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period.
Full details of the announcement can be found here



Latest News, COVID-19 

Lockdown-Related Changes and Guidance 
  • Questions and answers on what you can and can’t do, including guidance around vulnerable groups, workers’ rights and childcare can be found here.  
  • Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes shops, offices and contact centres, some of which may be relevant to charities, community and voluntary sector organisations.  
  • The National Day Nurseries Association have put together FAQs which take into account the planned re-opening of nurseries from June 1st (subject to a review of the scientific evidence on May 28th) and what needs to be considered by early years providers. The Government has issued advice for education and child care settings for pre-school children in early years settings. It advises that the staff to child ratios within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) continue to apply, and recommends using these to group children.  
Health and social care
Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.  The theme this year is kindness.  All over the world  kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.  The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.


 Legal Advice

Legal Advice Services in the London Borough of Islington

Residents who need help with Universal Credit, benefits, debt management or employment advice can contact the local advice services who are continuing to provide telephone and online advice:

Citizens Advice Islington - 0300 330 1197

Islington Law Centre - 020 7288 7630

Islington People's Rights - 020 7561 3685

Events,Training and Opportunities
We're always looking out for interesting events, new opportunities, job vacancies, and resources that will benefit BAMER  communities in London. 

Email evelyn@evelynoldfield.co.uk to contribute your ideas or event with social media.
Online Training

The Evelyn Oldfield Unit's Knowledge Empowers You (KEY) project for young people from a migrant background  from 10 – 18 years is currently delivering daily online sessions. These include ESOL classes, homework sessions, and fun sessions to combat boredom caused by young people staying at home during the pandemic. If you are interested in the programme please contact Lex at Lex@evelynoldfield.co.uk or call on 07366553332.
Fundraising conference 

The third sector has announced that Salesforce.org has come on board as a headline sponsor for their fundraising conference, on 20-21 May. As a result they are now able to offer an additional 1,500 free places at the conference for staff at registered charities. They urge people to book early.
Volunteering at EOU
We're currently recruiting a Website Development Volunteer and a Communications & Social Media Volunteer! Please contact Evelyn@evelynoldfield.co.uk to find out more.

Funding and Resource
  • Team London and London Plus are offering small grants of £500-£1000 to support your extra coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteering expenses.  This is open to Volunteer Centres, CVSs and other community organisations. The application deadline is the 22nd May. 
  • The National Survivor User Network has launched a new fund to support organisations providing mental health services during the pandemic. The NSUN grants are available to User Led Organisations across England who need additional funds to deliver their support and activities during Covid-19. You may be a peer support group, a mutual aid group, a community group, a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), or a ULO (this is not an exhaustive list) and may or may not be constituted.   
  • The £25m Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. 
  • London Community Response Fund's 'delivering differently' grants are pausing from May 19th, but crisis response grants will be ongoing. If you’re looking to apply for a ‘delivering differently’ grant please ensure you complete this by 5pm on Tuesday 19th May.  As lockdown is eased, the community of funders involved in the Response are looking to ensure that funding adapts to the high demand that London’s civil society will continue to experience, and will be working to launch new funding rounds from early June.  
  • The National Lottery Community Fund is open to fund organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic, for more details please click on this link The National Lottery Community Fund
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