Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Community Funds and Residential Care Settings

Support helpline for vulnerable Islanders

If you are vulnerable and need support due to coronavirus self-isolation please call 01983 823600 between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.

 

Covid-19 Care home support plan

There are 73 care homes on the IoW and 36% have experienced Covid-19. As of the 18 May 2020, 18 care home residents have tragically died where it is known that they were Covid-19 positive. Each of these 18 people were beloved by their families and friends and our commitment to their legacy is that we work as system with our care providers to prevent further infection, minimise any spread between residents and staff and support the brilliant care home workforce.

Find out more information about the council's Care Home Support Plan.

 

Residential care settings

We are in regular contact with care settings across the county and are issuing frequent updates as well as guidance on managing health and safety in care settings, illness prevention and where to go for support. Detailed information and advice is available on the Government’s web pages.

Updated 21 April 2020: There has been a lot written in the media about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current pandemic. The Government has issued new national guidance on infection prevention and control.

The guidance includes updated information for those working in residential care settings; of particular use will be the recommended PPE guidance.

In addition to the PPE guidance their is further advice on infection prevention and control precautions, where there is sustained transmission of COVID-19.

 

Third Sector Lifeline Fund

This fund is being made available to support third sector organisations to remain a going concern while awaiting government funding and to deliver community support during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

Who is this fund available to

This fund is only available for not-for-profit organisations and CIC’s on the Isle of Wight. The fund is not available for for-profit businesses or individuals.

How much can be applied for

Up to a maximum of £30k

Outline principles of the fund

The fund is part loan and part grant. The Thirds Sector Lifeline fund will initially pay up to £30k to:

  • Loan for funds to support third sector organisations to remain a going concern and pay their staff whilst awaiting government support for furloughed staff.
  • Grant/Loan short term reasonable operating costs whilst awaiting government funding
  • Grant funds to cover staff and operational costs incurred through directly supporting the Covid-19 response effort on the Isle of Wight (other than essential shopping and deliveries which is covered by the Community Essential Shopping and Delivery Fund below)

Entering into this funding agreement will not affect any current contracts with the Isle of Wight Council. Exclusion of other grants and to private business. Successful organisations will be expected to be making relevant funding applications or claims to Govt agencies, and not rely solely on this fund.

How to apply

To make an application for your organisation please complete the Third Sector Lifeline Form and email it to: c19fund@iow.gov.uk.
Once your application has been approved, you will be asked to sign the Thirds Sector Lifeline Fund Agreement and will be contacted to obtain bank account details for payment.Terms and conditions will apply; see the Third Sector Lifeline Fund Agreement. Payment will be made into your nominated bank account within two working days.

 

Community Essential Shopping and Delivery (CESD) Funds

This fund is being made available to constituted community groups to enable them to support residents by advancing monies to pay for and deliver essential shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

Who is this Fund available to

Charities, not for profit organisations and Town and Parish Councils on the Isle of Wight responding to community emergency shopping needs.

Local groups with no bank account or Third Sector business status should seek to affiliate themselves with a local group or council. The fund is NOT available to for-profit businesses or individuals.

How much can be applied for

The fund is part loan and part grant. The CESD fund will supply a group with up to £5000 to be used to provide essential shopping on behalf of residents and cover reasonable costs to operate the delivery and shopping services.

Outline Principles of the Fund

Through the application process the group will be linked into the Community Action Hub and will be contacted to support residents that have called the central hotline as well as those that have contacted the community group directly. The residents must repay the amount spent on shopping where possible directly to the community group. If this cannot be achieved due to payment methodologies they will need to repay the Isle of Wight Council and will be contacted to arrange for repayment. Reasonable operating costs and fuel used for delivering essential shopping will be covered by this fund, subject to the provision of travel logs, to a maximum of 45p per mile (HMRC rate).

To make an application for your organisation please email c19fund@iow.gov.uk with the following details:

  1. Name of the Organisation,
  2. Address of the Organisation,
  3. Name of the Lead person,
  4. Contact Telephone Number,
  5. Amount of funding you wish to receive,
  6. Area covered for deliveries.

Terms and conditions will apply; see the attached Community Essential Shopping and Delivery Terms of Agreement. (PDF, 145KB, 7 pages).

Once your application has been approved, you will be asked to sign the CESD Terms of Agreement and will be contacted to obtain bank account details for payment. Payment will be made into your nominated bank account within three working days.