Virtual seminar to help voluntary groups be COVID-19 ready

Release Date: 20 July 2020

As local voluntary sector organisations and groups prepare to open up to the wider community, Richmond Council continues its support by hosting a virtual seminar hosted with the borough’s Director of Public Health and Richmond CVS. The event will provide updates on the latest COVID-19 guidance to make sure everyone is ‘COVID ready’.

While the borough is beginning to come through the other side of lockdown, the threat of  coronavirus hasn’t gone away. Local voluntary and community organisations have a vital role in helping the borough respond to the threat of a resurgence of COVID-19 and help keep it safe for our residents.

On 18 August at 2pm, Shannon Katiyo, the Director of Public Health at Richmond Council, alongside Kathryn Williamson, Director of Richmond CVS, are hosting an online seminar for local voluntary sector organisations and community groups to find out:

  • How the borough will manage any future outbreaks (through the Local Area Outbreak Plan)
  • How organisations can provide services and support that are safe and limit any potential spread of the virus
  • What can organisations do to raise awareness and understanding of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing among the communities they work with

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board said:

“We are working hard to keep coronavirus OUT of Richmond upon Thames. But, we can only do it with the help and support of residents and local organisations and businesses. This includes our voluntary sector and local community groups – who have been providing vital support to vulnerable residents over the past few months.”

Cllr Michael Wilson, Leader Member for the Voluntary Sector and Communities, said

“As lockdown continues to be eased, many organisations will be rethinking how they should be delivering their services, ensuring that safety comes first. We know the Government guidance is sometimes confusing and ever changing. This session will be a chance to hear from the borough’s top Public Health officer on the key things that organisations and groups need to know, myth busting and how the borough is preparing for a potential outbreak – should it happen.”

Kathryn Williamson, Director of Richmond CVS, added:

“We are really pleased that the Council have organised this information session for local voluntary and community groups.  Through our support work with groups, we know that currently there is a significant amount of anxiety and uncertainty in the community.  We have produced a range of online resources to help groups as lockdown eases but it is brilliant that there is this opportunity to hear from, and ask questions to, relevant council officers.  This kind of partnership approach strengthens Richmond’s ability to stay on top of Coronavirus.” 

Attending the event will also be a number of Council officers, including representatives from Health and Safety, Adult Social Care, Achieving for Children and Licencing. Cllr Piers Allen, the Co-Chair of the Local Engagement Board and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, along with Cllr Michael Wilson, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, will also attend.

The event will be hosted on Zoom. Registration is required.

Register now

For more information, email:  

See more on the Local Area Outbreak Plan.

See more information and advice on COVID-19 and local guidance

Notes for editors

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Reference: P290/20

Updated: 14 October 2020