UK Coronavirus: Update 21st April 2020

I have been in two minds today about whether to post this it feels a little meaningless and worried that my emails just go up in a puff of smoke sometime and don’t actually reach out to those that might be able to do something with the information and experiances I try to share.

Missing the reaction of a another human being to bounce ideas and share their company with too. I try not to feel sorry for myself because there is always someone else in greater need and who suffered more today. But that said I guess its all realitve I am after all only human I have my ups and downs too. Though I do try and put a spin on this but it just feels a little dark today. Well below is an email that I have been preparing for Devon Communties I just post other peoples hard work a showman you might say putting on a front all the actual hardwork has been done by others.

I will be fine just need to recharge my batteries really.

Coronavirus: Update, advice and resources
21st April 2020


 
1)Important article from Post Office Services. Anyone who cannot leave home may now be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
 
2)Even before Covid-19 the international oil market was uncertain and now plunging prices will cause uncertainty in supply and so it is important that suppliers have good awareness and negotiating skills. Devon Oil Collective has entrusted Affinity with our oil supply and they are working hard to keep our members supplied. Their latest newsletter is below.
 
Devon Oil Collective is still taking on new and returning members. To find out more, visit our web site: https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/about/membership/join-devon-oil-collective or call 01392 248191
 
3)Charity Tax Group – link reports has provided the following update in respect of Gift Aid on donations freely given to charities and CASCs while membership subscriptions have been suspended.
 
4)Useful information for village halls and local organisations that have had to call off events on converting ticket refunds for cancelled events into Gift Aid donations
 
HMRC has issued guidance to help charities process ticket refunds, collect donations and reclaim Gift Aid for cancelled charity events. If a charity event is cancelled due to COVID-19, HMRC will accept that, where a person due a refund decides to donate this to a charity, the Gift Aid requirements are met provided the individual donor:
 
Does not receive a benefit as a result of their donation.
Agrees that the cost of their ticket becomes a donation.
Completes a Gift Aid declaration.
 
5) Join National Energy Action in The 2.6 Challenge to help to Save the UK’s Charities add link to website.
 
The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26th April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

To fundraise or donate to support National Energy Action (NEA) via twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

6) Government Extends Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Cut-off Date
 
Online applications are now open for the CJRS.Through the CJRS, employers can claim a grant covering 80% of the wages for a furloughed employee, subject to a cap of £2,500 a month https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Virtual accessible

So have had a busy morning our Corin-19 communciations are picking up apace and we are gettting quite alot of useful details to send to Devon Communities I will send another sample email later today as I think the info we are sharing is both interesting and relavant to others. Below is an article from my paper I bought this morning.

Disability

Covid lockdown opening up world for people with disabilities

Many people able to take part in work, culture, or socialising from their own home for first time

Frances Ryan @drfrancesryan

Mon 20 Apr 2020 11.27 BST Last modified on Tue 21 Apr 2020 08.39 BST

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A woman using a laptop on a dining room table

A woman using a laptop on a dining room table. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

While the coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented restrictions for billions of people, for many with disabilities, the lockdown has paradoxically opened up the world. As society embraces “virtual” living, disabled people – who for years have missed out due to poor access – are suddenly finding themselves able to take part in work, culture, or socialising from their own home.

Nicola Welsh, 43, has always loved going to museums but a painful nerve condition means she’s been housebound for 17 years. As cultural institutions including the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House go online, she’s been able to tour the world visiting museums.

“I ‘went’ to the Watts Gallery [in Surrey] and then the Louvre. The Rijks [museum in Amsterdam] had a walkthrough on their Instagram account,” she said. The experience has been profoundly moving. “Having the opportunity to visit virtually has given me back something that I’d resigned myself to not being able to do within my limitations. I hadn’t realised how much I had missed it.”

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I thought I could play another Finlay Quay tune

I nearly forgot another image to post ;o)

Thoughts About Light

For a change had a nice nights sleep last night after listening to some music before going to sleep. Have been shoping at a co-op store in Exeter purchase of the day was fair trade organic drinking chocolate to help me get to sleep on nights when I am struggling and having strange dreams and nightmares.

Lush and Tidy

It was a really nice walk this morning I went out nice and early though I still feel like I am running late. I am supposed to have logged on for work at 09:00am but it’s now 09:01. Oh well a few mins late won’t matter.

I have also found some great mems about light today so I will post one here.

Finley Quaye is the uncle of Tricky both are awsome

I saw Finley Quaye play in Cork many years ago when I went to Cork in Southern Ireland. My Dads side of the family is orignially from Cork have been there just once myself and it was quite a scary fiesty place that reminded me of Liverpool.

Ok better log into my work now.

Opps just time for another song.