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Covid-19 update 2: a message from our CEO

4 May 2020

It cannot be said too many times just how amazing the responses are that 3VA and seeing and working with in our local area. So many have stepped up to volunteer and so many voluntary groups, both old and new, are doing so much to support those around them or particular people or communities of greatest concern to them. It’s fantastic!

At 3VA, we are doing all we can to support this effort – including the comprehensive Covid-19 information on our website, the expert support of our team, the weekly Zoom meetings we are hosting for local groups and the register of new volunteers who can add to the effort where needed. Please do draw on these resources or come to us if you need any help on finding out what is going on, how to help safely, where to get additional funds if you need them, or to help with planning for what is still to come.

I am pleased to announce that we have, this week, made some important additions to our 3VA team supporting you. Three temporary community development officers – one for each of the areas of East Sussex that we serve – will all be adding their knowledge, skills and energy to our work with our local VCSE. In particular, we are very conscious that many social needs within our community are rising and will continue to rise as the effects of Covid-19 and lockdown are felt. If you are part of a group meeting some of these needs – such as vulnerable children and families, people with disabilities, mental health, domestic violence, digital exclusion, social isolation, those economically impacted – we would love to hear from you about how it is going and if we, or others can provide any support at this time. Please email info@3va.org.uk and we will get back to you.

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