Covid-19 Pathways to support
Message from Brian Carr - CEO BVSC
As many of you will know, BVSC has been working with colleagues at Birmingham City Council on the city's response to Covid19. Our role has been to help mobilise, coordinate, and join up voluntary and community sector efforts in response to the pandemic. In addition, we have been working to ensure that the voluntary sector's services are as aligned as possible with those being offered by other key agencies in the city, including the Council, the NHS, and the Police.
To that end, I want to share with you a website link which I hope you'll find useful. It outlines a possible "pathway" for those who are seeking support, and so it might be of particular use to you and those you advise. You can find it on the BVSC website here: https://www.bvsc.org/covid-19-pathways-accessing-support-birmingham
The webpage includes details on how self-isolating individuals can access food supplies; information on local Mutual Aid Groups; contact details for local Neighbourhood Network hubs; access to our Route2Wellbeing online portal (a searchable directory of wellbeing services in the city, including foodbanks); and information on how to access the City Council's Covid19 helpline for vulnerable citizens.
I hope this will be of assistance to you and those you work with during this time. We are updating the website regularly, so please do let me or a member of my staff know if you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can make it more complete and user-friendly. You can do this by emailing comms[at]bvsc[dot]org
I'd like to also draw your attention to an article on BVSC's Update Brum blog, which broaches a subject that can be difficult to address at the best of times, but which is particularly relevant given our current circumstances. It has been put together by members of my Personal Health Budgets (End of Life) team, along with colleagues from Public Health (Birmingham), St. Mary's Hospice, and West Midlands Palliative Care Physicians. I hope you will find its contents informative: https://updatebrum.co.uk/c19supportbrum/hoping-for-the-best-and-planning-for-the-worst/
Finally, and in addition - if you receive any queries from local community groups or volunteers that you are unable to answer, you may like to direct them to our voluntary sector support pages, which you can find here: https://www.bvsc.org/C19SupportBrum?
Keep safe, and best wishes to you all.
Brian Carr, Chief Executive, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC)