COVID – 19 Response Groups Brighton & Hove

Advice for setting up a Community Response Group

We are working closely with our Partners in the Public & Voluntary Sector and would remind everyone of these invaluable services, whether seeking to use them or volunteer for them: 

 

If you are starting a Covid-19 Community Response Group.

The Charity Excellence Framework have updated their toolkit with risk assessments and planning tools specifically related to Covid-19.

If you are starting a response group some simple measures you may want to consider: 

  1. Use an established organisation’s contacts to log requests for support. Keep these recorded and if possible, also log the address & contact of volunteers responding. 
  2. If delivering free aid parcels to doorstep no other checks should be necessary. Ideally phone to let people know when delivery on way.   
  3. If resident requires volunteer to enter home, try and use volunteers with portable DBS checks or known to the organisation. Or volunteers can go in pairs from separate households. 
  4. If payment is required, try and keep it to small amounts or process through the organisation account and keep a record.   
  5. If delivering food to people in financial difficulty join the food poverty network to stay linked into city food redistribution plans.
  6. If printing leaflets, you can use The Resource Centre - you can order by email and have them delivered to you.  01273 606160 (10am - 1pm, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) or [email protected]
  7. Brighton Mutual Aid Response website on Facebook are coordinating informal responses. 

If you would like some advice or support in establishing your systems, please get in touch with us [email protected]  01273 234 769

Safety and Safeguarding 

Established community response groups in Brighton & Hove

Some groups which TDC are already working with who you can contact directly: 

  • Craven Vale Community Association delivering free food to those in need in Craven Vale area. [email protected]   07774 644 375 
  • Pankhurst Residents Association & May Rd Area  linked into local mutual aid groupContact Amy 10am -12.30pm Monday – Thursday 07723 338463 [email protected]  
  • Hanover & Elm Grove Community Forum.Contact [email protected]. Here is the Elm Grove and Hanover Covid-19 Mutual Aid and Support Group Website and facebook group.
  • Java Café coordinating voluntary deliveries from local shops: 01273308840 8am - 3pm Monday - Friday & 8am - 1pm Saturday. 
  • Hollingdean Community Association working with local mutual aid group. Contact Shirley 10am-12pm Mon- Friday 01273 236160 or [email protected]  
  • Hollingdean Development Trust have set up a new email address if you need help [email protected] 
  • Old Boat Corner Community Association working with local mutual aid group contact them at [email protected] or TDC's Claire Burchell Mon-Fri 10-2pm on 07809 829 734
  • Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Joint Action. Contact Anke 10am-12.30pm Monday-Thursday on 07449 464695 [email protected]. The Bevy, Good News Shed, Chomp, MLAT. Meals delivered from The Bevy 01273 281 009. 
  • Purple People Kitchen offering collect & go foodbank. Will cascade information on other local group that can deliver to those in isolation. Contact Mark 10am-12.30pm Tue – Thursday on 07809830029 [email protected] 
  • Friends of Westdene Green are reestablishing their street rep system. [email protected] 

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