GMCVO: Health and Social Care eBulletin, Thursday 11th June Issue 62

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GMCVO Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we have put together a dedicated web page which lists sources of guidance, support, advice, resources, information and funding opportunities for the GM VCSE sector.  

New publications relating to Coronavirus 
A new section on the GMCVO Coronavirus webpage dedicated to sharing publications relating to issue arising from the pandemic has been launched.
Two publications titled “Use of Information and Communication Technologies to support social connections for older people” and “Alternatives to cash during COVID-19” are now available to view.  
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 7th-12th June 2020. This annual event provides an opportunity raise awareness of this important part of early childhood development.
The theme for this year’s Infant Mental Health Awareness Week is 20:20 Vision Seeing the world through babies’ eyes. This theme explores the experiences of babies and how these influence their mental health and development.
To coincide with this theme the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have released a report titled “Greater Manchester: Seeing the world through babies’ eyes – responding to the impact of COVID-19 now and moving forward’. 
The Children’s Commissioner has also released a briefing titled ‘Lockdown babies: Children born during the coronavirus crisis’ FIND OUT MORE 
Carers Week 2020 – 8-14 June 2020 
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.
The focus of Carers Week 2020 is to launch a new campaign titled ‘Make Caring Visible‘. 
Carers Week 2020 research report: the rise in the number of unpaid carers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak 
The six Carers Week charities — Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness — have published research based on polling carried out by YouGov in May 2020 of 4,557 people over the age of 18 living in the UK.
The figures show that an estimated 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Online boost to diabetes care during pandemic 
People living with diabetes in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to take greater care of their health as new online tools for managing the condition are made available by the NHS during Diabetes Awareness Week.
This follows warnings that those with diabetes, 172,000 of whom live in Greater Manchester, are at higher risk during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Three new services will allow people to manage their condition online, with a range of online videos and training available on each app for children and adults. 
Department of Health and Social Care Voluntary Sector Newsletter – May 2020 
The latest edition of this newsletter includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the Department, NHS England and Public Health England. Featuring the latest news, updates and announcements from all corners of the health and social care sector, this month’s edition will look at the UK’s continuing response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 
Hidden Figures: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBT Communities In May 2020, LGBT Foundation published findings from the largest and most substantive research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT communities in the United Kingdom to date.
This research has uncovered some of the wide-ranging and profound effects the pandemic has had on the lives of LGBT people in areas such as mental health; isolation; substance misuse; eating disorders; living in unsafe environments; financial impact; homelessness; access to healthcare; and access to support. 
Pride in Practice Training Academy Opportunity Recently launched in honour of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice Training Academy is an online curriculum of live, interactive LGBT training modules. This training service also includes the opportunity for practitioners to become an accredited Pride in Practice Champion.Pride in Practice is a nationally recognised LGBT inclusion programme.
Having worked for almost a decade with NHS services, Pride in Practice trains and accredits using LGBT Foundation’s grass-roots expertise and community-insight with 45 years’ experience working with over 40,000 people per year and reaching 600,000 people online. 
Connect 5 mental health training for non-mental health staff being rolled out across GM 
Connect 5 is a workforce training programme developed by Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind , created to up skill non-mental health staff to better understand and successfully address mental health issues within their everyday practice.
Connect 5 content provides an evidenced based collaborative prevention toolkit that promotes psychological knowledge, understanding and awareness and the development of skills, which empower people to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves.
The training can be accessed by anyone who feels they would benefit from greater knowledge within their role to support others, be they hairdressers, taxi drivers, community groups, managers, landlords, support workers or volunteers. 
Kings Fund Weekly report – Racism and its impact on health 
This report focuses on highlighting the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in the health and care system together with the latest quick-read guides from the Kings Fund’s “Leading through Covid-19 series” as well as a podcast on volunteering during the pandemic. 
BAME women and Covid-19: research evidence from the Fawcett Society This analysis from the Fawcett Society — together with the Women’s Budget Group, Queen Mary University London and London School of Economics — reveals the pressure on BAME women during the coronavirus lockdown.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW 
£10m investment in housing to help disabled people and those in priority need The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have announced that more specialist supported housing and affordable housing is to be provided in Greater Manchester, thanks to money that will be made available to two new funds.
Greater Manchester leaders agreed last week (29 May) to invest £10m from the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Loans Fund into two new funds.
The £10m will be at least doubled through the contribution of other investors to provide at least £20m.
The funds will be managed by social impact investment company Resonance. 
Cultural sector in Greater Manchester comes together to help young people during Covid-19 CHARITIES, businesses and the arts have joined forces to support thousands of young people across Greater Manchester during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative, led by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, will see 22,000 Creative Care kits distributed to young people who are not online, and so may be feeling more isolated and lonely during this difficult time. 
Project events
GM CO-Production Network goes virtual – Session 2 Wednesday 8th July 2020, 10.30 – 12.00 
Please join us for the second virtual discussion and workshop around co-production for practitioners from communities, VCSE and statutory organisations.
Subject matter and agenda TBC. 
External events 
Answer Cancer – Stakeholder Collaborative webinar
13.00 – 14.15, 24th June 2020 

This webinar will be a space to: 
• Hear about Answer Cancer’s work and plans for next year,
• Find out updates about the Cancer Screening Programmes in Greater Manchester
• Listen to good practice about remote and online engagement approaches, and
• Share your own news and ask questions

Answer Cancer particularly would like to invite  Voluntary Sector organisations and Cancer Champions to join this webinar as well as service staff, commissioners, group representatives and anyone with an interest in cancer screening, cancer prevention and early detection.
Research Network meeting:
The Healthwatch Research Governance Framework
3rd July 2020, 14.00 – 16.00
Online This session will focus on the Healthwatch Research Governance Framework.
In this document Healthwatch sets out its own approach to research as an organisation and the ethical principles that underpin it. Alex Tan from Healthwatch Trafford is going to talk about the process of developing the document, its content and purpose.
This would be a useful session for organisations in the third sector that are doing research but may not currently have a structured organisational approach to their research, as well as for those simply wanting to think through how to approach doing research from the perspective of a third sector organisation. The discussion will certainly bring ethical considerations to the fore, as well as reflections on balancing research objectives with the effort that goes into conducting research – both for organisations themselves, but also for their participants.
Cancer Awareness Sessions – Free short online training sessions 
These upcoming free online training sessions produced by Answer Cancer, GM Cancer Screening Engagement Programme are aimed at anyone living within Greater Manchester with an interest in promoting cancer awareness.
Register in advance to attend the sessions. You can join as many as you like. 
Funding: Government update on funding opportunities for VCSE organisations The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
For an updated list of funding opportunities and the latest news relating to applications to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, click below 
Funding: GM Walking Small Grants programme re-opened Small grants from £50 – £1,000 are available for voluntary and community groups and social enterprises to encourage more people in Greater Manchester to walk more during social distancing restrictions.
GMCVO are managing the grants process which is funded by Greater Manchester Moving (with money from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership). 
The grants will be awarded to voluntary and community groups and social enterprises with ideas to get more people in Greater Manchester walking while adhering to government social distancing restrictions. FIND OUT MORE
Funding: Grant funding to help young people overcome barriers to employment, education and training The Prince’s Trust are launching a new grants programme within Greater Manchester that seeks to support young people to cope with today and prepare for tomorrow. In partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), grants of up to £25,000 are available for organisations working with specific cohorts of young people up to the age of 25, across the Greater Manchester city-region, who are facing barriers to engagement with education, employment or training.
Funded projects will deliver sustained engagement, with a minimum length of six weeks and a maximum length of 12 months.
Funding is to be used between August 2020 and December 2021.
The Prince’s Trust will be hosting online briefings on the 17th, 18th and 24th June and invite you to attend one of these sessions to find out more.
You can read about the grants programme, register your interest and book on to a briefing session, here:”
Funding: Action Together Funding eBulletin June 2020 The June 2020 issue of this funding bulletin contains information compiled from a number of sources including Grantfinder, and direct from funders themselves. It showcases just a few of the hundreds of funding opportunities available for local community, voluntary and faith organisations 
Opportunity: Survey to establish the health and well-being impacts of COVID-19-related physical/social distancing policies globally.  Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have designed a survey aimed at assessing inequalities in the health and wellbeing impacts of COVID-19-related physical/social distancing policies globally.
The survey is open to all adults over 18 years. The team is particularly interested in capturing responses from adults over 50, BAME and/or underrepresented populations.
They would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes both to participate in the survey yourselves and to share the survey with your wider national/global networks. 
To find out more about Health and Social Care Devolution in Greater Manchester and the opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, click here.

If you would like to submit any related news stories or events, or wish to share success stories and/or examples of best practice please email details to [email protected].

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