Coronavirus Advice and Resources Update 10 December

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This Christmas, from 23 December to 27 December we’ll all able to form a ‘Christmas bubble’. This bubble allows you to join up to two other households during this period. This applies to everyone across the country, no matter what their local alert level may be.

Once you’ve decided which two households you want to spend time with you can’t change them. Your bubble remains the same throughout this period. For example, you can’t spend Christmas Eve with two households and then Christmas Day with two different households.
      •    You can spend time with the people in your bubble in someone’s home, garden, places of worship or
            in an outside public space
      •    You can travel across the UK to form your Christmas bubble, regardless of tiers
      •    Once you have formed your bubble, you can stay overnight at someone’s house if they’re in your

If you have symptoms, the rules don’t change. You must still get tested and self-isolate. You should not be part of a Christmas bubble if you have symptoms.
GOV.UK guidance for the Christmas period


TEXT shout to 85258

Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone in the UK who is struggling to cope. The service is staffed by trained volunteers who are overseen by clinical supervisors. The Shout service is available around the clock and is designed to enable individuals to take their next steps towards feeling better. Shout can help with issues such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, self-harm, relationship problems and bullying.


A new information campaign to support older people to keep well this winter has launched. The Keeping Well this Winter film and talking tips guide have been developed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and partners as training resources for frontline staff and volunteers who have direct contact with older residents. The booklet is aimed particularly at reaching older people who are not online and it follows the success of an earlier publication during the first wave of Covid-19. Keeping well this winter booklet


Among the items in this edition are:-

We Love MCR Stronger Communities Small Grants Fund

Help the Homeless

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund

Arts Council Thriving Communities Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund reopens

Keeping Well This Winter campaign

Youth and Play Sector Guidance – Update 1 December


Win free digital marketing strategy training

Media Trusts Digital mentoring programme for charities

BUD – Lead Positive Change

GM Poverty Action Newsletter 2 December


 Criminal justice network meeting – England

15 December, 10am – 11.30am, Online

Young People’s Blame and Belonging online interactive workshop

16 December, 6pm – 7.30pm, Online

Greater Manchester and HMPPS co-commissioning probation services: Personal wellbeing and accommodation contract lots

 17 December, 9.30am – 11am, Online

 Exploring a more sustainable future for NHS and voluntary and community sector partnerships

17 December, 10.30am – 12pm, Online

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