Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice is pleased to announce their recent partnership with Arun District Council, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester to help keep the community informed about the Coronavirus and understand the impact it is having on everyone.
COULD YOU BE OUR COMMUNITY CHAMPION?
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice looking for people who are well-connected with their community to share information about COVID-19 from sources such as Public Health England, GOV.UK and local authorities.
The team at Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice will provide all the information and regularly update The Community Champions with any news or changes that they can share with the community, including friends and family.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A COMMUNITY CHAMPION?
If you’re interested in becoming a Community Champion, you can submit your interest here
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice are particularly seeking Champions from the diverse communities within the area to help assist those who may be struggling to access our services due to language barriers, or those who may be digitally excluded or those with communication difficulties.
If you have any questions or would like the form in another format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01903 725960.
NHS COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR ROLES
NHS Sussex Health and Care Partnership are seeking volunteer Community Ambassadors from diverse communities to:
1. Understand the key health and care issues for the local area
2. Hear from and talk with local people in your community
3. Work with clinicians and managers on specific projects and tasks
4. Review documents to make sure they make sense
5. Involve your community so people’s opinions are heard
If you're interested in the role, you can review the role profile, read the FAQs and complete the application form. You can also visit the website, call 07741 378593 or email email@example.com
OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
If you'd like to receive our weekly newsletter with the latest COVID-19 resources, please sign up to be a champion. You can find our previous editions here:
OUR SOCIAL PRESCRIBING TEAM
The Social Prescribing team is the first point of contact for our Community Champions and is working in Littlehampton with the Fitzalan Group and The Coppice and Angmering GP surgeries to connect people to the support they need.
People are usually referred to us when they present to their GP with a non-clinical need, such as money worries, employment issues, family difficulties or dealing with the challenges of a long-term health condition.
You can find out more about Social Prescribing here or contact the team with the information above if you’d like to discuss referring into our service or make us aware of a new service we could link our clients to. Other organisations can refer clients using this form.
- I can’t afford to isolate...
You or your child might be asked to self-isolate but you might be entitled to some financial help while you’re unable to work.
You might be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment if you’re usually employed or self-employed and have been told by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.
You can find out if you’re eligible here: https://www.gov.uk/test-and-trace-support-payment or see what other help might be available on https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/coronavirus-getting-benefits-if-youre-self-isolating/
You could be fined £1,000 if you don’t isolate when you’re told to or up to £10,000 if you’ve broken the rules before.
If you’re worried about your finances, need help with the costs of food or electricity, call us today on 0808 278 7969.
HAVE YOUR SAY...
Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester are interested in finding out about the experiences of Black, Minority, Ethnic, and Refugee Communities in Arun and Chichester of living in the local area and accessing the services and organisations that you need. They also want to find out good ways to communicate with you to ensure you get the information that you need in a way that suits you.
They are gathering this information to increase our knowledge about different communities living and working in Arun and Chichester. They will use the information gathered to help support projects, groups, and local initiatives for and by the local community, as well as to improve the way that services are provided in the future.
Please fill in the questionnaire here
The questionnaire is currently available in the following languages: English, Polish, Lithuanian, Bengali, Mandarin, Portuguese, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dari, Farsi, and Tigrinya.
If you would like the questionnaire translated into another language please email Stephanie at Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to provide it.