COVID-19 – NWAS – June update from Rachel Bates

Dear Colleague,

I hope you are keeping safe and well.

As the response from the whole NHS to the coronavirus pandemic continues, please find attached the latest update on the trust’s current position

We wanted to share with you the latest information on these changes and update you on our response as a trust to Covid-19 pressures, ensuring you have clear and accurate up to date details of what we are doing as a trust.

HM Government Covid-19 Update

For information, please visit the Government website  to read Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund now open

The Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund is now open. The Fund has two key objectives:

  • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Full details of how to apply can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website

Also on Wednesday last week the Government announced that £150m will be released from dormant bank and building society account funds. Although some is available as grants, the majority will be provided through loans. Here’s the detail:

  • £10m to the Youth Futures Foundation to develop an Emergency Levelling Up Youth Fund – grants
  • £45m to be issued by Big Society Capital to help investments and as emergency loans for those with cash flow issues
  • £65m to Fair4AllFinance to provide ‘affordable credit’ solutions and as an alternative to high cost loans
  • £30m to Access – the Foundation for Social Investment to support social enterprises helping people in vulnerable circumstances. The words ‘social lenders’ and ‘flexible finance’ are used.

See the full briefing from DCMS here

Full details of all the various funding streams available from Government to VCSE organisations can be found here

Public Health England – Active at Home Booklet

Public Health England has developed a guide to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home. This is part of the Sport England Join the Movement campaign designed to provide inspiration and trusted information to the public about how to get active in and around the home during the coronavirus pandemic.

I have attached the electronic booklet for information if you would like to share this with any members of your family, community or group.

Once again if you have any concerns over information you have seen online or have any further queries following this update please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing myself or the team at

Take care and keep safe.

Kind regards,

Rachel Bates

Patient Engagement Assistant| Patient Engagement Team

Strategy and Planning Directorate

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust