Hastings Voluntary Action is closely monitoring advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it becomes available from Public Health England. The situation evolves quickly, and we are updating our guidance in line with national advice. This page will be update regularly as we respond to the changing picture.
Safety remains our priority. In response to the latest guidance from Public Health England we have taken the decision to postpone all HVA events and training until July 2020 and our Central Hall and Jackson Hall buildings are now closed to the public. However we are still very active and will continue to operate and offer support and advice remotely during this challenging time. Rather than setting up duplicate schemes, our priority has been supporting existing services such as food services.
We have been working very closely with Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex CCG, ESCC, Hastings Foodank, HEART - Hastings Emergency Action Response Team, Heart of Hastings and others to develop a community hub to support those in need in Hastings & St Leonards.
We have gathered some resources and advice that you may find useful for your community group or in your community building which you will find on our website here: https://www.hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/news/coronavirus-resources
There are a number of mental health support and wellbeing services available locally and nationally including Peers Southdown, Hastings i-Rock, Samaritans and more. Follow the link to our news page below for more information and contact details: https://hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/news/mental-health-wellbeing-support
Looking for street based support in your area? Follow the link to find out about the Hastings & St Leonards live Google Map highlighting local support networks across the town. Thanks to Sam Kinch of Heart of Hastings for developing this resource. https://www.hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/news/coronavirus-community-response
We have also launched a new volunteer telephone befriending scheme for any adults in the Hastings and St Leonards area. Find out more on our news page - https://www.hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/news/telephone-befriending-scheme
The Links Project has suspended the social element of the weekly Wednesday drop ins. The service will open at 10.30am and close at 1.00pm. Appointments will be allocated on arrival. More information is available here - https://www.hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/news/links-project-service-update
Like many other organisations HARC has reluctantly taken the decision to suspend all face to face advice services until further notice.
HARC will continue to offer specialist benefit advice by telephone:
HARC: 01424 428375
Welfare Benefits Helpline: 0333 3440681
and by email:
Benefits Advice Project: firstname.lastname@example.org
HVA will continue to provide support to all our members and cascade information and promote best practice.
We will continue to review all of our activity and we will provide regular updates via this page and our e-bulletins.