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Helping out: taking an inclusive approach to engaging older volunteers

Centre for Ageing Better

This guide is designed as a practical tool to support organisations working with volunteers to engage over 50s and widen participation among different types of people. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an outpouring of community spirit and volunteering, which has been critical to the local response. Many older people have made significant contributions to their communities during lockdown, with 30% of people aged 50 to 70 volunteering informally and 87% saying they wanted to continue. However, others have been prevented from helping during this time and may now require support. The guide sets out five actions to support organisations to re-engage volunteers and widen participation among those aged 50 and over in future. They include: connect and listen; focus on what matters to people; play to people’s strengths; remove barriers; and be flexible.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Helping to prevent infection: a quick guide for managers and staff in care homes

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A quick guide for managers and staff in care homes about helping to prevent infection

Last updated on hub: 08 January 2018

Hidden in plain sight. Gangs and exploitation: a youth work response to COVID-19

National Youth Agency

This report looks the vulnerabilities of young people to street gangs and organised crime gangs linked to child criminal exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It considers the key issues and trends through lockdown, and shows how gangs have adapted their patterns of behaviour, changing locations and grooming new recruits. The report draws on data from the Children's Commissioner for England, previous research from the National Youth Agency and insights from youth work practitioners. It highlights the importance of youth services for safeguarding young people at risk and makes recommendations for Government.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Home care for patients with COVID-19 presenting with mild symptoms and management of their contacts: interim guidance

World Health Organization

This rapid advice is intended to guide public health and infection prevention and control professionals, health care managers and health care workers when addressing issues related to home care for patients with suspected COVID-19 who present with mild symptoms and when managing their contacts. The guidance is based on evidence about COVID-19 and the feasibility of implementing infection prevention and control measures at home.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Home comforts: how the design of our homes and neighbourhoods effected our experience of the Covid-19 lockdown and what we can learn for the future

Place Alliance

This report summarises findings of a national survey of 2,500 households (representing 7,200 people) aimed at understanding how well or how poorly the design of their homes and their immediate neighbourhoods supported them during the period of coronavirus lockdown. The findings offer insights into how we should be designing or adapting them in the future in order that they are more resilient and better able to support happy and healthy lifestyles. Findings are grouped according to the following themes: about you during lockdown; your home during lockdown; your neighbourhood during lockdown; your community during lockdown. The findings show that two thirds of people felt comfortable or very comfortable during lockdown, but a sixth were either uncomfortable or very uncomfortable. Extrapolated across the UK this would represent 10.7 million uncomfortable people – social renters suffered the most and key workers were least comfortable. Access to private open space from the home was the strongest design-based predictor of comfort. A minority suffer poorly designed neighbourhoods and newer neighbourhoods come out worse. All categories of dwelling and neighbourhood saw an increase in community feeling and support during lockdown, but those with the strongest pre-exiting sense of community saw it reinforced most. Respondents reflected on a period in which people seemed friendlier (despite social distancing), in which the environment seemed to recover and even thrive, and in which they had more time for things that matter, the family, exercise, the garden, neighbours and the community.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Home learning during the Covid-19 lockdown: the impact of school closures on care experienced children

Adoption UK

This report examines the challenges of supporting vulnerable children’s learning during the COVID-19 lockdown and makes recommendations for the months ahead. To find out about the impact of school closures on care experienced children, a week-long survey was carried out in April for parents and carers of care-experienced children who would normally be in school. There were 674 responses, which form the basis for this report. The survey revealed that the lockdown has had significant impacts on families, both positive and negative. Some have reported severe challenges, including increases in challenging behaviour, violence and aggression, and concerns about the mental wellbeing of both children and adults in the household. However, some families have reaped positive benefits, enjoying spending more time with their children and having more conversations with them, with many reporting that their children seem calmer without the stress of school. The report argues that planning now for the re-opening of school settings is crucial. It recommends that Governments in all four nations of the UK provide additional funding and resources to help schools support children, include support with learning and with wellbeing. In addition, specific guidance should be given to schools about supporting care experienced children and those with special and additional learning needs during school closures.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus): domestic abuse and risks of harm within the home: second report of session 2019-21

Parliament. House of Commons. Home Affairs Committee

A report of a brief inquiry by the Home Affairs Committee into the risk of domestic abuse and child abuse within the home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence suggests that contacts to domestic abuse helplines have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with incidents becoming more complex and serious, with higher levels of physical violence and coercive control. The inquiry calls for a wider cross-Government strategy to tackle domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. It recommends any national action plan should include access to information and support, outreach and prevention, funding for support services including specialist and Black and Minority Ethnic services, housing support and refuge accommodation, and a criminal justice response. In addition to the national strategy, local authorities should also produce local action plans as part of their emergency Covid-19 planning. The Committee also recommend that the Government provide an emergency funding package for support services for domestic abuse and vulnerable children.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Homecare and supported living: a market where Coronavirus is accelerating existing trends


LaingBuisson in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard held a conversation about homecare and supported living during the COVID-19 pandemic. Homecare and supported living could be two of the “winners” from coronavirus. This webinar reviewed the new LaingBuisson market report, the market today and the outlook post coronavirus. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: [Webinar recorded 7 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Homeless and forgotten: surviving lockdown in temporary accommodation

Shelter England.

This research reveals the total number of people who spent lockdown in temporary accommodation, and shares the experiences of over 20 households who told us what it was like to be homeless in a pandemic. Temporary accommodation (TA) is the name given to the accommodation that is often offered to people who seek help from their council as they are homeless, eligible for help and owed ‘a rehousing duty’. The report starts by setting out new findings on the number of people who were living in temporary accommodation during lockdown. It then describes what it is like to live in temporary accommodation, before moving on to people’s experience of lockdown and the impact it had on them. It then sets out the changes needed to ensure that, as life gets back to normal, everybody has the right to a safe home. There were over a quarter of a million (253,620) homeless people living in temporary accommodation in England during the first national lockdown This works out as an estimated 1 in 222 people were homeless and living in temporary accommodation. Families, especially single parent households, are overrepresented among homeless people in temporary accommodation. During the lockdown, people in TA found it difficult to keep safe due to physical proximity; to meet lockdown rules and stay safe; and to meet basic needs. Almost all (20 out of 21) of the interviewees said that their or their partner’s mental health had been negatively affected by living in TA. Most people (20 out of 21) also reported that their or their partner’s physical health had also been negatively affected by living in the accommodation. Children experienced a negative impact on education and development; lack of safe space to play; impact on mental health and behaviour; impact on physical health.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Homelessness monitor England 2020: COVID-19 crisis response briefing


This briefing reflects on the early lessons from the Covid-19 crisis response to some of the most extreme forms of homelessness and looks ahead to the exit strategy. With government financial support and guidance, local authorities have sought to get ‘Everyone In’ as rough sleeping in England has been reframed as an urgent public health issue, and emergency measures have sought to prevent other forms of homelessness as well. Key findings include: levels of infection seem very low amongst homeless people accommodated under the Everyone In initiative, indicating a relatively successful public health strategy with regards to this vulnerable population; the speed and clarity of the early central Government response was widely welcomed, with local authorities and homelessness charities also praised for rapidly rising to an unprecedented challenge; however, subsequent ‘mixed messages’ from central Government on the medium to longer-term response became a matter of acute concern amongst local authorities and their third sector partners. The report argues that a decisive shift away from communal forms of sleeping provision would be a positive outcome, as well as more broadly a direction of travel that encompassed less emphasis on hostels with shared facilities. It notes that the (understandable) emphasis given to immediate crisis response during the pandemic has squeezed out prevention activity at many levels, and that a ‘spike’ in family homelessness in particular is expected as the evictions ban and furlough schemes come to an end.

Last updated on hub: 24 August 2020

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