Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support

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Coronavirus is an unprecedented pandemic facing our society. Please use this page to find links for information, support and guidance that may be affecting you as an employer, employee, parent or resident.

What you need to do
Businesses and Employers
Grants and Rates
Employees and Individuals
Employment Vacancies
Parents
Home educating and other activities
Volunteer Groups, Volunteering and Carers
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Coronavirus(COVID-19): What you need to do

The full range of guidance and support issued by the UK Government can be found using the link below

gov.uk/coronavirus 

A dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) area has been created on the Wiltshire Council website to support local businesses, residents and community groups during this challenging time, signposting to local and national support and providing updates on council services. The web pages can be viewed here

Guidance and support for businesses and employers

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The UK Government continues to provide a variety of resources to support businesses  affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The following guides contain a range of topics that will be of benefit to businesses experiencing different operational and financial circumstances.

Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)

In consultation with industry, the government has produced a number of industry and sector specific guides providing practical advice to allow businesses to operate safely where appropriate to do so in line with current guidance.

Working safely during Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.

Use this business support finder tool to see what support is available for you and your business.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Wiltshire Council: Administration of grants and funding

Wiltshire Council are responsible for the processing and payment of the following financial support schemes available to eligible Wiltshire based businesses.

Small Business Grant Fund (£10,000)

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (£25,000)

Discretionary Top Up Fund (announced 2nd May)

Further information and a useful FAQs is available on the Wiltshire Council website

External Resources

The following resources are available to businesses to help them adapt in the current climate

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership – Growth Hub

Jobcentre Plus Employer Help

Adviza Regional Redeployment Service

Serco Skills Support for Redundancy

Serco Skills Support for the Workforce 

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

British Chambers of Commerce

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Federation of Small Business (FSB)

Institute of Directors

Royds Withy King

Wessex Chambers of Commerce

Wiltshire Council 

Business in the Community

Keep Britain Working Campaign

Grants

If your business is eligible for the Small Business grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant, we will have written to you. If you have not received this letter, the form to submit your details is available below. If you have any queries please email Covid-19BusinessSupport@wiltshire.gov.uk

Wiltshire COVID-19 business grant form

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), is doing all it can to support businesses in the county that may be affected by COVID-19.

Business Rates

For businesses that are struggling, Wiltshire Council is allowing businesses to defer business rates payments and will resume in June 2020 and betaken over the 10 months from June 2020 to March 2021. To do this you will need to call 01249 706290 or email businessrates@wiltshire.gov.uk to arrange for the payments to be deferred. More information on this can be found here.

Employees and Individuals

The Government’s Coronavirus website provides practical help and advice on Employment, Financial Support and Money which many may find particularly relevant at this time.

DWP and Jobcentres

Jobcentres are currently closed to all but vulnerable cases and other related transactions, which cannot be completed through any other channel in order to receive timely payment. Inside Jobcentres, strict social distancing measures will be in place for those allowed access.

The DWP continues to provide employment and benefits support to individuals affected by coronavirus or its affect on the economy and support can be accessed through their website here

Jobcentre Plus have launched a new Job Help website to support  individuals looking to secure permanent or temporary employment.

Building Bridges

Individuals aged 15 and over can get practical support through the Building Bridges programme to help them overcome barriers and get them into sustained education and employment. Contact Building Bridges to find out more.

Serco Skills Support for Redundancy

Individuals made redundant in the last 3 months, or who are facing the risk of redundancy can access training and careers guidance to support them back into employment. Contact Serco to find out more.

Community Grants and Support

A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The list of funding programmes can be viewed on the Grants Online website and is updated regularly. Some additional sources of support have been listed below:

Employment Vacancies Across Wiltshire

Parents

As of 20th March all registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges are closed; however schools will be open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.  Details of who key workers are can be found below
Key Workers and School Closures

NHS Healthy Start voucher scheme posterHealthy start voucher scheme

If you are pregnant or have a child under 4 and you and your family receive benefits or are under 18 and pregnant please ask your midwife or health visitor or check the website above

One voucher per child under 4 per week (vouchers are posted directly to you each month)

Each voucher is worth £3.10

For babies under 1 – each voucher is worth £6.10

You can exchange these vouchers in most supermarkets, corner shops and some market traders for:

  • Fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables (if frozen – no toppings or sauces etc included)
  • Powered baby milk
  • Milk
  • Bread

To apply for those or to find out more information, please go to: www.healthystart.nhs.uk

Home educating and other activities

A home learning guide for all ages can be found on Wiltshire Council’s Right Choice website. On their website a selection of materials is now available to support home learning. Their home learning page holds documents containing links to websites that will help plan work for children. In addition, there will be a weekly “pick ‘n’ mix” of activities for each Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and EYFS posted on this page. Within looking after yourself and your children, you will find booklets and guidance to help during our current situation and also a guide for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is.

Other learning links and activities are:

BBC Bitesize offers a range of courses across the ages; Primary (3 – 11 years) Secondary (11 – 16 years)

Seneca Learning – for those revising at GCSE or A level, free revision content

James Dyson Foundation has devised 44 engineering and scientific challenges to keep you thinking

edX a huge catalogue of free courses at various levels, secondary and above

TTS – curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared!

Twinkl – home learning and school closure packs, introduced a new offer for all of them to be completely free, use code: parentstwinklhelps

Imagination Tree – planning, play and learning ideas with children

TEDEd@Home – to support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free

STEM Learning – Starters for STEM are ten activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. These activities are easy-to-resource and provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Explore your options, apply to university and more.

Open University offer a range of free courses, these range from 1 hour to 50 hours covering Health, Sports, Psychology, Money, Business, Nature, History etc.

BBC Bitesize offers a range of courses across the ages; Post 16 (Functional Skills)

Wiltshire College Distance Learning – courses are free but you can only enrol on one course at a time

Seneca Learning – for those revising at GCSE or A level, free revision content

TEDEd@Home – to support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free

James Dyson Foundation has devised 44 engineering and scientific challenges to keep you thinking

Coursera a range of courses with free elements

Future Learn choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations

Amazing Apprenticeships Supporting Educators, Pupils, Parents and Employers to navigate the exciting and changing apprenticeship landscape.

Virtual tours of museums – 12 famous museums are offering online free tours to keep children engaged!

Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks is going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.

Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.

The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.

You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to his YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.

Story Time Online – watch a wonderful range of famous authors and stars reading children’s books and short stories for kids of all ages

Toy Theater – educational games for children

Imagination Tree – planning, play and learning ideas with children

TinkerCAD – free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

National Geographic Kids – quizzes and games all about animals to engage children

TEDEd@Home – to support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free

James Dyson Foundation has devised 44 engineering and scientific challenges to keep you thinking

STEM Learning – Starters for STEM are ten activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. These activities are easy-to-resource and provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them.

Outdoor Learning Opportunities

Countryside Classroom

Learning Outside the Classroom

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Royal Horticultural Society

Learning Through Landscapes

Kids Country

The Camp Hill Estate

Please follow government guidance when learning outdoors.

Volunteer Groups, Volunteering and Carers

Wiltshire Council has published a directory of community volunteer groups that have been set up throughout the county, in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The directory can be found online – and will be updated as regularly as possible.

Additional volunteering opportunities include:

Carer Support Wiltshire

Carer Support Wiltshire is a local charity that supports all carers in Wiltshire. Their aim is to create carer friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued and supported. In addition to the regular advice and support on offer they have prepared a number of articles to support individuals during this time which can be accessed on their website.

Carer Support Wiltshire

You will also find details of the Carers Emergency Card Scheme,  an initiative run by Wiltshire Council and managed by Carer Support Wiltshire.  It offers peace of mind and reassurance that things will be taken care of in case of accident or emergency. The card is available to carers aged 18 or over.

Wiltshire Community Foundation

Wiltshire Community Foundation have compiled a list of funding opportunities alongside organisations that can provide support and advice at this challenging time, these resources can be viewed here

A Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund has been set up, alongside funding received through a partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, to provide emergency help to voluntary and charitable groups across the county to support those most at risk during this pandemic.

Further information and the Coronavirus Response Grant Application Form can be found here