Statement from Hull CVS in response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation

Firstly we would like to extend our best wishes and thanks to all the people and organisations who are working tirelessly to support people through these unprecedented times.

Hull CVS is committed to continuing to support our local communities and the wider voluntary and community sector through this unchartered territory. We have taken steps to ensure the maintenance of all of our services, whilst also ensuring that the safety of our staff, volunteers, service users, partners and communities remains pivotal at all times.

In response to advice issued by the Government in relation to Coronavirus/Covid 19, Hull CVS will be taking the distancing measure of closing our Receptions at The Strand and Centre 88 to members of the public, until further notice. Instead we encourage or clients and service users to call us on 01482 324474 or email enquiries@hull-cvs.co.uk.

Our Volunteer Centre will be closed to drop-ins and face to face appointments. However we are still delivering a full service and are working in close partnership with Hull City Council and other infrastructure partners to meet the rising demand for voluntary services and increasing interest from individuals to offer volunteer help.

We will no longer be taking bookings for our room hire facilities at The Strand or Centre 88. If you have an existing future booking and you have not already spoken to us, then please contact us on the details below.

We have postponed all face to face engagement, meetings and events, including our direct training, volunteer drop-ins, advice surgeries, and Healthwatch and SWITCH engagement. We are increasingly moving towards online and digital alternatives and encourage you to monitor our website and social media for further information.

For individuals in receipt of a direct payment, both Hull CVS and Choices & Rights are continuing to provide payroll and wider support services. We will not be able to respond to face to face drop ins, however our email and telephone contact methods will remain the same and our team will still be on hand to take your calls. We will be contacting all our clients directly with more information to answer your key questions.

All of our other support to charities and groups, including payroll, community accountancy, grants administration, and wider sector support will continue, but with communication limited to email and telephone methods.

Hull CVS are working closely with local authorities and wider public sector partners to support local coordinated approaches. We are also operating under their advisory and also that of Public Health England and the Government.

If we can be of support, offer any guidance, or advise on what amazing activity is taking place to support our communities and the most vulnerable, please contact us on the details below.

Jenny Jenkinson

Chief Officer

email: enquiries@hull-cvs.co.uk

facebook: @hullcommunityandvoluntaryservices

twitter: @HULLCVS

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