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Member Briefing - COVID-19 - May 15th 2020

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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.

Click here to find out how we can rebuild better,not return to business as usual.

Funding & additional financial support
Charities Fund
The Department for Communities has announced that it will make £15million available to the charity sector.
No details regarding elegibility criteria or the application process have been published yet but we will monitor this and inform our members as soon as it is.
Full article here.

Christians Against Poverty

Due to social distancing guidlines Christians Against Poverty is unable to see clients face to face so their Debt Help service will now be available via the helpline 0800 328 0006.
CAP has stressed that it has "worked hard with regulators to ensure that our service is compliant, and we have trialled the service to ensure that it will work as well as it can do for vulnerable clients."


Charlie Fisher, Programme Manager - - 07595979642
Stevie McGirr, Communications Officer - - 07793865620
Kathleen Smyth, Community Asset Transfer Project Officer - - 07450954349
Margaret Craig, Creating Resilient Local Economies Project Officer - - 07764185318

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 Group


NICVA 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 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 Meetings

Financial Wellbeing Roundtable
The Money & Pension Service (MaPS) launched the UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing in Northern Ireland earlier this month as a 10-year vision for transforming the financial wellbeing of families and communities by 2030. To support the strategy, it will be holding a series of virtual roundtables throughout the month of May.

The discussions will touch upon savings, debt advice, the workplace and much more. They will also look at the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation's ability to deliver and focus on rebuilding financial wellbeing for the people of Northern Ireland.
Contact MAPS if you're interested in attending so they can provide a briefing for each topic.

Details of how to join the roundtables here.

Stay Healthy at Home
A number of free online well-being classes are being provided by Northern Area Community Network throughout May, including classes on mindfulness and stress control.
Full details here.

Information for Employers
Human Resources
This week's HR update from BridgeHR Consultancy includes the UK Government guide to employers planning for returning to work.

The NI Assembly continues to develop local plans, nevertheless the UK guide provides good indicators of measures to consider and plan for. 

It also includes a feature on the legal implications of some of the critical decisions being taken around impact on staff .

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.

Download the latest HR update here

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