Tech Start-up Offers Free Platform to Help Businesses and Communities Unite

Wiltshire-based tech start-up BizGive is offering local companies, charities and community groups free access to its new online service that enables them to easily connect and share support through the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The ​Giving Manager from BizGive is the first online platform to unite companies, charities and community groups in one place, so that they can discover each other and directly collaborate on opportunities. Designed for organisations of all sizes, the platform supports a range of activities from sharing skills and talents, to in-kind donations and cash. No donation is too small. Full story here.

VCS Covid-19 Impact Survey – How is the pandemic impacting your organisation

Wessex Community Action has created an online survey to try to gain a wider understanding of how the pandemic is impacting Wiltshire’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s finances and staffing; and the potential impact this may be having on beneficiaries. Complete by Friday 29th May.

Employers must apply for a permit if employing children in Year 11 or under

Wiltshire Council is reminding employers if they want to continue employing young people in school Year 11 or under they must apply for a special dispensation to do so. The council, along with a number of other local authorities, suspended child employment permits during COVID 19.

Employers and the child’s parents can request an exemption to this but they must prove how they will ensure safety standards during COVID-19 by completing short forms from the council website. Any employer, whether they applied for a child employment permit previously or not – needs to send in the evidence.

Full details here.

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