Here is a collection of advice, guidance and resources.
This page will be updated regularly as developments come to our notice.
The most recent additions will appear at the top of the list.
email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or comments.
Survey of Local Community Responses
We are working with #TeamHerts Volunteering and the CVS organisations collecting information to ensure that all those in need have help and support wherever they live.
We need to know what is happening locally to help us co-ordinate support and resources for the most vulnerable and in need.
Please spare a few moments to take our Survey Monkey Questionnaire to let us know what is happening in your community and also so we can determine where the gaps are – Thank you for your help.
Please Click Here to do to the Survey – Your contribution is much appreciated and may save more lives!
#StayHome it could save lives
The Office of National Statistics publishes new statistics in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today published its first statistics as part of a new webpage looking at the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK.
Coronavirus Fact Checks From the UK’s Independent Fact Checking Charity
Get the latest Checks on Coronavirus fact and fiction Click Here
The March Network offers advice on Loneliness, Social Isolation, Mental Health and COVID-19
The MARCH Network have put together a resource pack for creative activities that are available online Click Here
The MARCH Network are inviting participation in their study into the psychological and social experiences of Covid-19 for adults in the UK. Taking part involves answering a 15-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place. To take part Click Here
Charities Aid Foundation have launched a Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.
This is intended as a rapid response fund, and we aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year are eligible.
Click Here to Apply
Fraudulent GOV.UK Text Messages
Following the alert sent out this morning, please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:
“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.
Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”
If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud – www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing
Arts Council Response to Coronavirus
We are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding.
HCC Libraries – Your Questions Answered
Herts County Council Coronavirus Guidance and Service Updates
Herts County Council Rubbish and Recycling
All HWRCs are closed until further notice
All Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hertfordshire are now closed until further notice, following Government guidance.
Coronavirus – disposing of contaminated waste
If you are showing symptoms, or are confirmed to have Covid-19, Defra offer this advice:
All contaminated waste (such as tissues and wipes) need to be securely sealed in a rubbish bag.
Put this bag inside another bag and tie the top securely.
Store the bag separately from other waste and recycling (and away from pets) for three days, before putting it in your general waste bin as normal.
Do NOT put contaminated tissues in your home recycling.
The impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak may mean there are changes to your normal waste collections.
Click here for more guidance
Hertsmere Borough Council Coronavirus Guidance and Service Updates
North Herts District Council Coronavirus Guidance and Service Updates
Dacorum Borough Council Coronavirus Guidance and Service Updates
Village Halls/Community Buildings Closure and Legionella
With the closure of so many buildings, there becomes an increased risk of the Legionella bacteria in water systems. It is best to drain your system down before closing but if this is not possible make sure you flush out all pipework and storage tanks before re-opening. Guidance can be found in ACRE Information Sheet 15 Section 5.9 which is free to CDA Herts’ Members, £10 elsewhere.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Village Hall/Community Building advice
What will happen if your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT due date is on or after 30 March 2020, including what you need to do to keep your vehicle safe to drive.
Click Here for the Govt Guidance
Government website – what you need to know
The GOV.UK website covers news and guidance on several key areas including how to protect yourself, financial support, childcare, travel and information on the latest number of cases in the UK.
To read this guidance and other announcements Click Here
Coronavirus: What is social distancing?
For general guidance for Village Halls, Community Groups, Community Transport and Mental Health Click Here
Update – We do now have specific guidance for Village Halls and Community Buildings and other Community Centres. They must now close until further notice, with the exception that ‘Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.’
Click Here to read the latest Guidance
Compassionate Community Connector programme – volunteering
The Compassionate Community Connector programme in response to Covid-19 is for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others.
Individuals Click Here to sign-up
For those who are unable to register online, they can phone our volunteer recruitment number on 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Assistance for FOOD Banks
Herts Catering Ltd have supplies that they can get to foodbanks – please contact Stephen Lee-Foster at HCC to help make this happen
Steven’s email – email@example.com
News from Energy Suppliers
Click Here for Northern Gas Networks
Click Here for Calor Gas
Click Here for UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association Ltd, for off grid oil consumers
Click Here for Cadent Gas supplies
Data Protection – Information Commissioner’s Office
Click Here for guidance on Data Protection during Covid-19
Free coronavirus resources for charities by Lightful
Charities of all sizes are exploring new ways to adjust to this new reality to survive. From work from home policies and crisis comms to staying in touch with their supporters and maintaining regular donations, the challenges are real. Lightful have pulled together a list of free coronavirus resources for charities in a great blog Click Here
Click Here for NCVO Guidance for your Charity and Coronavirus
Covid – 19 Charity Preparedness Group
A group to discuss and share contingency plans for charities in relation to Covid 19. It is a very helpful Facebook group to help all charities come together and get more organised during Coronavirus
Domestic Abuse information and contact details
As you will no doubt be aware, the home is not likely to be a safe place for many people affected by domestic abuse. Safer North Hampshire have provided some information for those trying to support someone.
To view Click Here
The National Allotment Society Covid 19 Emergency Measures
Click Here for guidance
Sadly, we’ve had to cancel face-to-face tuition until further notice, due to coronavirus.
We’re currently working on ways to support your learning – we’ll be in touch to discuss. We’re still available on 01992 556194, if you need to speak to us.
Click Here for HAFLS website
Small Charities Coalition – Letter to the Prime Minister
Without urgent help many charities and voluntary organisations are facing imminent collapse. Alongside fighting for their cause, they are also fighting for survival. Without these grassroots organisations, the people who are most in need in our communities will be even harder hit.
Click Here to add your Organisation’s name to the letter
Click Here to share details of the Campaign with your networks
Psychology Wellbeing Pack
You (or friends and colleagues) might be worried about Coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home and avoid other people.
This might feel difficult or stressful but we have designed this pack to support your mental health and wellbeing through this challenging time.
Click Here to download the Pack
Herts Community Foundation Coronavirus Relief Grants For Hertfordshire Charities
Applications are open for grants of up to £2,000 for groups dealing with the emerging issues in the community caused by the threat of the Coronovirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
We are currently focusing on emergency funding with priority to organisations providing services and support to older and vulnerable people as well as those with low and insecure incomes. We also invite applications from groups applying to support people of all ages with mental health issues.
Click Here for further information
Libraries and archives
All Hertfordshire libraries are closed (click the links below)
Instead, get stuck in to our brilliant ebooks and audiobooks and read your favourite magazines and newspapers online.
No items will be due back during this time, we’re extending all loans.
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) is also closed. You can still explore the archives or get started with your family history online.