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Project C-19 Newsletter – 7 May

The work you are doing behind the scenes (and many on the frontline) is very much appreciated as we connect and support our community’s most vulnerable through this challenging time! This weekly newsletter provides you with local updates from Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) and resources available to you right now. Please ensure your organisation is registered with Project C-19. [Register] Please see our archive for past updates.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Update

  • There are currently 3 active Covid-19 cases in the Top of the South with a total of 49 cases, 46 have recovered.
  • The newest case was diagnosed on 30th April. Work is ongoing to trace the origin of the infection; this is suspected to be related to travel.
  • The Prime Minister will provide an update on Thursday for what Level 2 entails; Cabinet will make a decision on Monday about whether we shift levels.
  • Note that Level 2 currently specifies 1 metre of physical distance – assuming this remains it will require changes to pre-Covid-19 operating procedures for a lot of business and non-profit organisations.

Welfare – Vulnerable People

  • Transition planning is underway to ensure individuals housed in emergency accommodation during the Covid-19 lockdown have alternative housing options as we shift into the lower alert levels.    
  • Three key multi-agency groups have been initiated out of the Covid-19 Homeless response, including a frontline NGO/Community Homelessness forum, a Multi-disciplinary case management team and a higher level strategic Intersectoral group to support the broader focus of the current and long term plans.
  • HUD (Ministry of Housing and Urban Development) is putting together a plan to address homelessness nationally and is working with key stakeholders in our region to address the specific needs of Nelson Tasman.
  • Number of food parcels delivered across Nelson-Tasman from Foodbank and Kai with Love (does not include parcels delivered to the homeless). Total number of food parcels – 1182. Total number of individuals who received food parcels – 3345.

Update from Nelson Marlborough Health

Targeted surveillance testing starts this week
This update gives an overview of the current testing available, testing completed, and the future direction for the surveillance testing of asymptomatic people.

Other updates and resources

Nelson City Council Community Funding Update: Two updates

1. Emergency Fund for community organisations is now open
Nelson City Council (NCC) has established an Emergency Fund to ensure that community organisations involved in the city’s response to COVID-19 are supported to maintain their existing and continuing services for the benefit of the Nelson community.
Who can apply: Local not-for-profit organisations that provide services in Nelson and face financial hardship due to the Covid19 pandemic, such as through:

  • A reduction in income received (e.g. unable to run scheduled fundraising activities) or
  • Increased costs to maintain services or respond to increased demand during the pandemic.

Total funding available:  $200,000
Process: Online Applications are now open; for more information about the fund, and to apply, visit Shape Nelson – A Council funding panel will consider applications weekly.

2. Community Investment Fund (2020/21)
Nelson City Council has extended the timeframe for accounting for current funding until 30 June, to take account of difficulties that groups may have faced due to the Covid 19 situation. If your project is delayed, and you require an extension or change of purpose, please contact Paul Prestidge to discuss this (contact details below).
The CIF grants funding round will open for applications later this month – NCC want to get the emergency fund up and running first. This will follow a similar process as last year, with only one-year grants available. NCC will provide details on the criteria, timeframes and application process through the Community and Whānau news later in the month. Council Contact for community funding: Paul Prestidge, Community Contracts Advisor, ph 0226761409, email [email protected].

Charities Services – Responding to COVID-19 Webinar
On Tuesday 12 May from 12 noon – 1 pm Charities Services will host a Zoom webinar about responding to COVID-19. We know that for many people this is a time of great uncertainty and the same holds for charities. The webinar answers some of the frequently asked questions charities have been asking – and explains how to maintain good governance in a challenging time. Some of the topics covered include: How charities should be operating, what they should be planning for, supporting staff and volunteers, and hitting pause or winding up.
Register for the webinar here.

Philanthropy NZ Sector Update
Philanthropy NZ has started putting out a very useful weekly update, which includes information about what grants and initiatives are available to support communities in the wake of COVID-19.  Read more here:

Weekly Community & Whānau Meetings
Our monthly networking meetings for community organisations continue on Zoom. In addition, we are holding special weekly Covid-19 Community & Whanau Zoom meetings every Wednesday from 12-12:30pm. You will receive invitations and details for these meetings each week. They are a great opportunity to share, connect and be informed on this rapidly changing situation. 

Wellbeing / Mental Health

Nelson Marlborough Health’s key psychosocial messages

  • We will get through this together; it’s ok to feel overwhelmed – Dial 1737 – a free, 24/7 service for anyone feeling down, anxious, a bit overwhelmed or who just need to chat to someone.
  • It’s a good thing to give help when you can, and it’s ok to ask for help, even if you’ve never had to before. Call 0800 779 997 even if you’re not sure what assistance may be available or don’t know whom to contact for help. Or call 0800 559 009 if you require financial assistance.
  • Well done – we are on the right track.
  • If you are 65+ and would like to talk to someone, ring Age Concern 03 544 7624
  • If you have health concerns or needs, please contact your GP.  

Brief, 15-second psychosocial support clips for use in social media

Working Well from Home
Since we are all mostly working from home at the moment, some helpful tips:

Interpretation / Translation

COVID-19 Welfare Contact Card — now translated into 28 languages
Electronic copies of the COVID-19 Welfare Contact Card, fact sheets and video resources are now available in 28 languages, including New Zealand Sign Language. English language versions of these resources are also available here.

Easy Read information for Level 3
For people who have an intellectual or cognitive disability, or people with low English literacy:

Register your Organisation with Project C-19

Register with us to make sure you receive updates like this one in the future, and together we can make sure important messages get to your clients and members. Register here.

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