POP+ COVID-19 Response

As the coronavirus spreads and we all take measures to keep those most vulnerable safe we will have to adjust the way we work. POP+ is working with Plymouth City Council and other key partners to plan and respond to this. 

We are committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to support those people worst affected by this. We will see people directly affected through self-isolation and illness, but we will also see those affected by panic buying and the economic impact on people self employed or in precarious employment. 

We want to work with you to show how the people of Plymouth can come together and support one another through this. It is important to us that we stress that it is physical distancing and not social distancing. We must stay connected and increase social solidarity. 

Events are rapidly changing so for the moment we have the following messages: 

POP+ news 

  • We have moved to working from home. Our office phone is still receiving calls, but please leave a message and we’ll get back to you.
  • We are cancelling our POP+ Event on the 18th April. 
  • We are cancelling our training workshops and moving where possible to using Zoom. Dates of these workshops and additional POP+ Zoom peer learning sessions will be announced very soon.
  • If your organisation is affected by the covid-19 outbreak, and you receive funding from us, we are committed to the same statement issued by other funders – see below. 

The new Plymouth Good Neighbours Scheme will see the Council join forces with community groups and charities across the city to provide a central place for people to put their hat in the ring to help.

The Council will collect names and skillsets and then help groups by distributing volunteers with the right skills to right places at the right time, directly and through the many great voluntary sector organisations in the city, and key partners such as the Plymouth Octopus Project and One Plymouth.

Caring for Plymouth is an alliance between the Council, Livewell Southwest and a large number of VCS organisations. It will ensure that Plymouth’s most vulnerable are provided with emotional support, shopping, medicine collection, support with paying bills and accessing money. Staff providing the service will have had background checks to provide added piece of mind.

In addition, the Caring for Plymouth Support Hub will support other vulnerable older and disabled people who are affected by Covid 19 and who have no-one to support them to maintain their independence.

Listening to you 

Facebook page for community groups: You will be very likely to hear about issues well before we do. We have set up a Facebook page dedicated to grassroots organisations across Plymouth to let us know about critical issues, share support with one another and connect. Join the group here.

The basics 

Plymouth City Council have set up a page that holds all the current advice on what to do.

POP ideas support for funding applications

The POP ideas team are still available to support you in helping to draft funding bids. Funding application processes can take anything between 3-12 months so let us support you now to apply for funding so that you can be looking to deliver in the Autumn and onward.

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