Winchester Connects

Your #WinchesterConnects page is here to provide you with signposting links, resources, FAQ’s and good news stories from the Winchester District to help guide your group or organisation through the coronavirus emergency and to provide you with the tools you need to support your users and community.

Good News Stories & Local Updates

There are incredible stories we are seeing coming out of Winchester. Of individuals, groups and businesses coming together to care for the most vulnerable of our community during this crisis. Click the links below to read more.

Community transport services are back on the road!

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Funding is available for organisations offering essential transport

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Community First merges with BRASACC to form START, an expanded rape and sexual abuse counselling service for Central and North Hampshire

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Coronation Street 'Zoom' in to Winchester Go LD

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Winchester Youth Counselling gets major cash boost

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VOLUNTEER cyclists are distributing 1,500 hot meals to vulnerable people in and around Winchester every week

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Visit the St John's Winchester Blog for lots of wonderful stories

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Fundraising fitness classes for Friends of the Family

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Cafe Bar nominated for national award

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#WinchesterConnects: Making a difference in the digital world

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Signposting

The below links will help you easily signpost your users to any other services they may require.

Help and Support Directory

Community First’s Help and Support Directory is an easy to use directory of local community services. It has been created to help people connect with support services and community groups where they live.

Pharmacies in Your Area

Use this link to find a list of pharmacies in your area, and those that can be found online:

https://www.cfirst.org.uk/pharmacies-in-your-area

Advice

Mental Health

Bereavement

Domestic Abuse

Funding

Volunteering

Safeguarding

What should I do if I am worried about a child or adult at risk?
Speak to your volunteer supervisor about your concerns. If that is not possible, you can contact:

If the concern is about an adult – contact Hampshire Adults’ Health and Care
Online contact form
https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/contact
or call – 0300 555 1386

If the concern is about a child – contact Hampshire Childrens Social Care – 0300 555 1384
Out of Hours – Hampshire Adult and Children’s Services 0300 555 1373

Hampshire Constabulary
Emergency Number 999
Non emergency no. 101

Please see the safeguarding guide below.

Your Local Council

Connect to Support Hampshire

FAQs

Below is a collection of questions our team are frequently asked and the answers to those questions. You may find useful information relevant to your group or organisation here.

What funding is available related to COVID-19?

There has been a good deal of funding that has been made available specifically addressing issues around the pandemic. Some has come from central Government, some from local government and some from other charitable sources. As some is for specific topics or projects it is necessary to carefully check through what is available to discern what is appropriate for individual causes. Community First have produced a helpful spreadsheet to help groups and organisations navigate through the maze of opportunities – https://www.cfirst.org.uk/covid-19-funding/.

Groups are also being directed to Action Hampshire’s Funding Bulletin:  https://actionhampshire.org/news-blog-events/covid-19-related-funding-opportunities/

Winchester City Council’s webpage https://www.winchester.gov.uk/grants/covid-19-community-support-grants and GOV.UK bulletins, for example:   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-support-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-vcse-organisations-to-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19

How do I refer someone who is vulnerable and is unable to go shopping or fetch prescriptions?

In the first instance we direct people to the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline : 0333 370 4000

Winchester City Council also have support on 01962 848 060 or support@winchester.gov.uk

Also, Community First’s helpline is 0300 5000 8085  support@cfirst.org.uk

I might also mention the spreadsheet which has been created which outlines all the community groups in the Winchester area who are offering practical and emotional support. This can be viewed above.

What support is there for my community group?

Groups are welcome to email me (bruce.white@cfirst.org.uk), message or phone me (07384 115 320) for help.  In addition, we are facilitating two virtual Google MEET Get Togethers.

One is for Charity Leaders form the Winchester Area, this happens fortnightly on a Friday and is hosted by our Chief Executive, Tim Houghton. This provides an opportunity to hear from others in the charity sector, offer mutual support and look at issues particularly affecting charities.

The other Get Together is for anyone from a community group, mutual aid group, parish council, village hall committee, social enterprise or community interest company. These happen every other Friday and are hosted by Community Development Officer, Bruce White. These meetings have looked at issues relevant to those attending and have involved introductions outline what our groups do, general discussion and focusing on current topics such as funding, lock down regulations and recovery plans/exit strategies.

More information is available from bruce.white@cfirst.org.uk

Your Team

Meet your #WinchesterConnects team

Bruce White

Community Development Officer

Email: bruce.white@cfirst.org.uk

Debbie Grace

Voluntary Sector Engagement Manager

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Resources

We’ve created and collated a series of toolkits and guides that provide information and guidance across a broad range of issues including for those working in response to covid-19.

Need some help or advice?

Whether you need to know how to find local support groups or who to turn to for advice, our searchable Help and Support Directory is an easy to use list of Hampshire Community Services.

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