Post-COVID 19 Solutions: A Message from DTNI
“Rescue, recover, reform” and “build back better” are the refrains, from across the third sector in the UK and Ireland, to the predicted and emerging post Covid-19 economic collapse. Community wealth building is the means by which we can deliver change. The power of community and social businesses, now lauded in public, are key to delivering social and economic change, generating community wealth and building the public services we deserve. We need to reimagine a collective ownership of our commons, our people, our land and property assets, placing the third sector on an equal footing with the independent private sector.
DTNI, along with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the Democracy Collaborative present the case for a change to ‘business as usual.’ In the coming weeks we will be working together on behalf of the community development trust network in NI to prepare a positioning paper advancing a community wealth building approach to build back better, rescue, recover and reform the economy for all in NI.
We welcome your voice and support for the power of community.
Funding & additional financial support
Small and medium-sized businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 (capped at 25% of turnover). No fee or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
Loan terms will be up to 6 years, with no repayments due during the first 12 months.
Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Small and medium-sized businesses can access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million. For businesses with an annual turnover of up to £45 million.
Micro Business Hardship Fund
Support for micro-businesses and social enterprises unable to access other COVID-19 support measures.
Up to £10,000 is available for businesses which pay business rates on premises and up to £5,000 for those that do not.
Aims to assist small to medium scale organisations organisations most in need due to loss of income or operational capacity up to 31st March 2021.
We can also be contacted on Twitter @devtrustsni
A new private DTNI Member Facebook group has been created as a forum where we can share ideas, links to resources, or just have a chat. For our part, we will keep you posted with relevant news from the sector and share the emerging practice from our sister networks in England, Scotland & Wales.
Join the DTNI Member Facebook GroupNICVA Community Hub
NICVA has set up a community information hub at the Community NI website where you can find out how to get help in every council area. The resource is intended to be a centralised source for all services across NI.
The reliability of the hub will depend on the quality of information it is populated with so it’s important that the entire community sector is aware of it and feeds into it, and we would recommend that DTNI members do likewise.
Follow the link https://www.nicva.org/article/share-your-covid-19-support-service-information to add your contribution. You will be able to amend any information at any time. If a particular service ceases, please remember to remove the listing from the website.
Susan Glass from NICVA has also offered to help you complete the form or, if necessary, complete it for you. You can contact Susan on 028 9087 7777 (ext 217).Webinars & Online MeetingsCoastal Communities Network
Locality, sister network to DTNI in England, is bringing coastal communities together for a peer-learning and networking event on Thursday 25th June.
Our coastal communities have extraordinary assets, and community organisations play a vital role in using them to help create opportunity and tackle local challenges. The aim of the event is to share best practice, exchange skills and ideas and harness the collective evidence base to influence national policymaking.
Specifically for DTNI members:
If you would like to take part, register here to receive joining details: https://bit.ly/2XlYXON
Social Enterprise NI / Viable Corporate Services – Changes to Furlough Scheme
On 10th June, no new amendments may be made so if you are considering or have taken part in the Job Retention Scheme, this is an important call to attend.
A Zoom call will take place on Monday 8th June, 11am on the proposed changes.
Register via this link and details for joining the meeting will be sent to you at 10am on Monday Morning: https://bit.ly/2ABciuH
Big Virtual Lunch – Mi Casa Su Casa, with Belfast Friendship Club
Hosted by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council via zoom on Saturday 6th June 12.30 – 2pm
Four facilitators from the Belfast Friendship Club will speak about:
Priority will be given to those from the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.
To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest & Relaxation for Volunteers
As part of Volunteers Week, a 15 minute mindfulness session will be led by Helen McDonnell from Indigo Life Coaching on Friday 5th June, 2pm.
To access the session click on the link below
Meeting ID: 840 3001 5280
If you missed the first live session on Wednesday you can access a recording by clicking the link below:
Information for EmployersHuman Resources
This week’s HR update from BridgeHR Consultancy includes the latest on:
If there are specific issues for you, your colleagues or board that you wish to discuss, please get in touch with DTNI and we will endeavour to support you directly.
If you need detailed HR support, we will coordinate your query and link you in with BridgeHR.
Communications and social media consultant ForaChange specialises in campaigns and strategic communications for progressive social change. It has produced a detailed document that includes links to loads of resources you may find useful as you try to respond to C-19 related challenges.
Included on the document is information regarding digital campaigning, activism, online meetings, as well as a host of interesting articles and podcasts.