COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Support - Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Support
Welcome to our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) resources page.
Here you will will find a range of links and resources aimed at supporting VCSE organisations, their staff, volunteers and users throughout the Covid-19 Panedemic.
This page isn’t intended to to contain every possible resource (that’s what Google is for!), but if you feel there is something important we have missed from this page, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our offices are currently closed to the public and in light of current Government guidance we have made changes to the way that we are working.
We continue to provide support remotely, by telephone, email and online.
We are also offering some face to face support on an appointment only basis.
To get in touch with any of our services please call 01902 773 761 or email email@example.com.
Vaccines reduce the spread of infectious diseases and even get rid of some altogether. Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your community against serious illnesses.
Are they safe? Have they been tested enough?
All steps in the usual vaccine development process were rigorously followed for the Covid-19 vaccines. They have undergone months of testing and the MHRA’s (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) approval processes means you can be sure that they meet strict safety standards and offer high levels of protection. It would not be approved for use by the MHRA if it wasn’t safe and effective.
Won’t it give me Covid?
Like all other vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccine CANNOT give you the illness it is protecting you from. You might experience mild side effects, such as a sore arm, after having your jab – but you won’t get Covid.
I’ve had my jab, can I now do what I like?
No; it it’s really important that once you’ve had your jab, you continue to follow the rules that are in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, to protect yourselves and others and to bring the infection rate down. So that means following the latest government guidance and practising Hands, Face, Space.
The first dose will give you good protection from Covid-19 after two or three weeks, but you’ll need the second dose, given between three and 12 weeks later, to receive longer lasting protection.
Do the vaccines contain egg or animal products?
No, the approved Covid-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.
Can I have the vaccine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
There’s no suggestion it’s unsafe to have the vaccine if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more clinical evidence from trials is needed before you will be offered it in pregnancy.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects from having the vaccines are mild and won’t last very long. They could include a sore arm where the needle went in, tiredness or a headache. You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
Do you have front line staff who are working face to face with vulnerable customers and regularly spending 15 minutes+ with them but have not yet been offered a vaccination? Find out about eligibility here.
Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
False information, when shared, can take on a life of its own and have serious consequences. Recently there has been a lot of false information about coronavirus and the new vaccines designed to tackle it. It’s not always easy to spot.
The SHARE checklist is an easy tool to pass on to people in your community to help them know what to look out for before they like, comment or share information they come across online.
If you’d like to share vaccine information with your organisation or community, you can download the COVID-19 Vaccine Comms Pack for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations here.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you need to have a test in the first 8 days of showing symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test online or by calling 119.
Rapid testing is only available for people without symptoms of Covid-19 who haven’t been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace. Find out more about our testing centres here.
City of Wolverhampton Council requires Lateral Flow Testing Operative Volunteers for their testing centres.
Volunteers are required to support testing being carried out at the Civic Centre and at new testing centres opening across the city – all of which urgently need volunteers to help with their programmes.
If you are interested in this and other roles that may become available, please contact:
Guidance for reopening spaces & places
- WVSC: Covid-19 Risk Assessment Tool and Guidance (download)
Tool and Guidance based on City of Wolverhampton Council and NHS Tool and Guidance.
- WVSC: Covid-19 Individual Risk Assessment & General Considerations (download)
This template has been adapted by WVSC for use as an individual risk assessment for staff returning to work.
A range of resources to help you risk assess and prepare / review for working safely during Covid-19.
- HSE: Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak (link)
This guidance is for employers, but workers and the self-employed may also find it useful. It’s designed to help you make your work and workplace safe (be COVID-secure). It’ll help you to manage the risk associated with re-starting or running your business during the outbreak.
- HSE: What to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment (download)
Use this document from HSE to help you make sure you have covered what you need to keep workers and others safe.
- Activ COVID-19 Checklist (download)
This checklist can be used a template for planning your return to a building or space. WVSC adapted this when planning our return to our offices.
- CWC: Reopening Community Settings Guidance / how to (download)
This document created by Public Health at City of Wolverhampton Council includes practical guidance on how to safely reopen your premises.
- WVSC: Guidelines for meeting outside during COVID-11 (download)
This guidance developed by WVSC relates to staff meeting customers outside and the conditions under which this is acceptable. Lockdown restrictions change often, so all guidance should be reviewed regularly.
- Creating a Return to Work Action Plan by NC Insurance (download)
In preparation for reopening your business and asking employees to come back to work, it’s imperative that your company thoughtfully constructs a return to work action plan for its employees to keep everyone healthy and safe following the COVID-19 pandemic.
- NYA: Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 (link)
The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance.
- GOV.UK: Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children
Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- GOV.UK: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities (link)
This guidance is national guidance that applies across England. Please consider if local restrictions are in place when reading and implementing this guidance, see www.gov.uk/coronavirus for local information.
- GOV.UK: Safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings
This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities and includes a checklist for special religious services and gatherings.
Guidance for VCSE orgs
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
- GOV.UK: Financial support for VCSE organisations to respond to coronavirus
- Charity Commission: Guidance to help with running your charity during the outbreak
- How to stay safe whilst helping others
- NCVO: Your organisation and Coronavirus
- Charity Digital – tools & resources
- NYA: Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 (link)
Mutual Aid Information
Health & Wellbeing
Coronavirus advice and information
- Black Country Mental Health Support Helpline Telephone: 0345 6460827
The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Mental Health Map
A map / directory of mental health support services in Wolverhampton.
- Wolverhampton Samaritans
Contact us on 116 123 free from any phone
A New Text Messaging Service for Young People
Free, anonymous online counselling and support for young people 11-18
- NHS: how to deal with change and uncertainty during COVID-19
We have all faced change and uncertainty during the Covid-19 outbreak, and it looks set to continue a little longer. It’s easy to get caught in a spiral of “what ifs” – worrying about our health, family, job and finances. Here are some ways we can manage this uncertainty, reducing stress and helping us to cope better, as well as places you can go to get further free advice and support.