Small Grants Funding, Covid Home Test Kits and Befriending Voluntary Roles

Today’s Daily Briefing includes: Small Grants Funding, Covid Home Test Kits and Befriending Voluntary Roles.

Ageing Well Small Grants Funding 2021:The Act as One Ageing Well Programme is providing some funding for community grants across Bradford District and Craven. To encourage grassroots community-based projects which will then inspire people who are over 40 that may might need help to become more active. 

The primary focus for this funding will be for the over 65’s but proposals for work for the people aged between 40 and 65 who may also need encouragement and support will be considered.

The aim is to provide a range of projects for people over 40 to improve their wellbeing, physical, mental and social lives and reduce health inequalities. The resources are available for 6 months only and therefore cannot be spent on things requiring funding going forward. Projects must be self-sustaining by the communities or services themselves. 

Full guidance and the online application form can be found on their website

Covid home-test kits:Collect a free COVID-19 test kit from Bradford pharmacies. Free swap tests are being made available to help increase the number of tests for people showing symptoms of COVID-19. The main symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. 

The aim of this pilot project is to make the COVID-19 tests more accessible to the general public with no need to reserve or book a test, however if you are showing symptoms you must not collect the test yourself. You should send somebody else outside of your household or bubble and without symptoms to pick up your free test kit and arrange a contact-free delivery. 

Testing should be carried out at home and the test kits can be returned via the Royal Mail priority post boxes. Most people will be informed of their results within three to five days of returning the test kit. Testing is essential to protecting communities, and ensures you isolate and avoid spreading the virus unknowingly. 

To find which pharmacies are taking part in the scheme, please visit the Test and Trace website, and see this leaflet for more details. 

Together Talks Voluntary Roles: 

Would you like to make a difference in someone’s life? Do you want to gain experience supporting people with different backgrounds and needs? As a Together Talks volunteer telephone befriender, you will support the needs of your befriendee, encourage them to achieve their goals and help them feel confident and connected to their community.

ABOUT TOGETHER TALKS
Together Talks is a multi-agency initiative hosted by The Bridge Project, in Bradford. They are looking for people who would like to join them in helping to provide volunteer telephone befriending support to as many people as possible during this challenging time. If you’re a friendly and supportive person who likes talking to people, then Together Talks is for you.

WHO ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
If you are a friendly and supportive person who enjoys talking to people, then this is the role for you. As this is an at home telephone befriending service, volunteers can live anywhere, however all of our befriendees live in Bradford, West Yorkshire. You will be non-judgmental and caring, punctual and reliable, proactive and organised. You will need to undertake a small amount of e-learning and training. You will need to have a telephone, basic computer skills, internet access and an email address. Anyone over 18 can apply online. We will help you apply for a free DBS certificate!

Practical Considerations
WHAT DOES A TOGETHER TALKS TELEPHONE BEFRIENDER DO?
Together Talks will match you with a befriendee! You will arrange to call them for around 10-30 minutes, ranging from once a day to once a week. Calls are to be made Monday-Friday between 9:30am – 4:30pm. All volunteers will provide friendly conversation over the phone and some of our befriendees require support to overcome certain problems and achieve specific goals. You will provide updates after every call, reporting any feedback, issues or concerns to the Together Talks Support Team who are always a phone call/ email away if you need any support or guidance.

BENEFITS?
Above all you will be making a positive difference in your befriendee’s life. As a volunteer telephone befriender you will learn how to support others, make friends, become more confident, and practice communication skills. You will gain new and transferable skills contributing to your job-readiness and personal development, and much more!

Apply now: https://befriender.bdtbs.co.uk/
For more info contact the Together Talks Support Team:
Tel: 01274 9522000
Email: befriending@thebridgeproject.org.uk

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