Covid19 update - Talk Community

Covid19 Summary Update

23rd April 2021

Dear All,

Please find below our latest update

Data and guidance

The latest data slides can found on the Understanding Herefordshire COVID-19 weekly summary page which are now produced every fortnight (attached is summary dated 21st April as a pdf for sharing).

England entered Step 2 of the roadmap on 12th April. Most retail, hospitality and leisure facilities have re-opened with restrictions such as outdoor only. Care home residents are allowed two visitors.

Herefordshire Council coronavirus information section is updated daily and National guidance is available on the Government website


Coronavirus immunisations continue in Herefordshire, targeting the priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have regular updates on the local roll-out of vaccines on their webpage.


Access to free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is now available to everyone across Herefordshire came into effect on 9th April.

Talk Community Helpline - In order to support people to remain at home the Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending, including those that need to self-isolate. Please contact us or forward our contact details onto those requiring support to 01432 260027 or email or go to Coronavirus - Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.

NEW - Talk Community website

As part of the continued development of Talk Community and building on the great work to date, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Talk Community website -

The website provides key information about Talk Community including videos, good news stories and launch the summer volunteering campaign – ‘give an hour this summer,’ and provides three areas that support in bringing Herefordshire together:

  • How can I help myself?
  • How can I help my community?
  • How can my community help me?

We are also changing the name of WISH to become the Talk Community Directory, this will still provide the same great service and functionality but with some minor amendments and name change. WISH continues to be a highly-valued resource to our communities with its success growing and experiencing a record 59% increase in website visitors in 2020, compared to 2019. The new website address is -

Please take the time to visit the website and if you have any feedback email

Support the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections on May 6th 2021

Herefordshire Council’s Elections Team are looking for individuals to work as clerks in polling stations on Thursday 6th May 2021. If you are interested or know of anyone else who might be please click here to register and they will send you the relevant forms to complete. To find out more regarding the role and payment visit

Funding and project news

Funding to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Loan Sharks (England)
Local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for activities that highlight the dangers of Loan Sharks. The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is made available from money seized from convicted loan sharks by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT). Organisations will need to demonstrate the positive impact their project would have on their community, and how their project contributes to delivering the IMLT’s priorities which include: raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks; promoting the work of the IMLT in communities; and encourage reporting of loan sharks. The Illegal Money Lending Team encourages bids from multiple organisations working together who can each bid for £5000 to put towards a collective project. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 30th June 2021.

Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.

Upcoming events

hvoss Talk Community Funding Network of 2021 – Thursday 29th April 2pm - 4pm – Online FREE EVENT

This event is for staff, volunteers and trustees of Herefordshire community sector organisations looking at future sustainability within the local community This event will help to illustrate the importance of funding for projects as part of a wider menu of opportunities for not-for-profit organisations.

Speakers at the event:

  • Nick Webster - Economic Development Manager at Herefordshire Council will talk us through the UK Community Renewal Fund
  • Madeleine Spinks - Co-Chief Executive at Data Orchard, will share some top tips on sourcing and applying data to support your funding applications. Data Orchard is a social enterprise which combines specialist skills in research, statistics and data.
  • Tim Barnes - General Manager at Community Action Ledbury will talk about his experience of trust fundraising. Community Action Ledbury is a registered charity working to improve the lives of the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable people living in and around the town of Ledbury in Herefordshire.

Book your FREE place HERE

hvoss Peer to Peer Support Network for Volunteer Managers / Co-ordinators

hvoss is starting a peer-to-peer support network for volunteer managers/co-ordinators across the county to share best practice, discuss ideas and chat! The first one is taking place next Wednesday 28th April at 11am. There will be two guest speakers:

  • Robert Thomas, Vennture - ‘Volunteer confidence in a post-Covid world’
  • Julie Milson, Hereford Community Farm - ‘Practical aspects to get your group up and running again’

Please share this amongst your volunteer manager/coordinator contacts. The link to sign up for tickets is LINK FOR VOLUNTEER MANAGER EVENT

For further information on either of these events please email

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