Protecting vulnerable communities newsletter, 06 November 2020

Government news and campaigns

New National Restrictions 

New restrictions announced by the Prime Minister last week have now come in to force in England. Everyone must stay at home and may leave only for a limited set of reasons.

These include:

  • For education;
  • For work, if you cannot work from home;
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household;
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
  • To shop for food and essentials;
  • And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

Shielding as practised in the spring will not currently be reintroduced. The clinically vulnerable, or those over the age of 60, should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not only minimise their contacts with others, but also not go to work if they are unable to work from home. Full guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable can be found on GOV.UK.

Please see here for more information on the new restrictions


How can we help?

We are keen to understand the key issues that your organisation expects to face during this period of national restrictions, and how we can help. What issues are people going to face, and what messaging do you recommend we share? What do they need to hear?   

Do you have any feedback on how we can best support and engage with you, including lessons learned from earlier this year?   

We would also welcome information about any communications plans you might have between now and December 2nd. Please contact [email protected] with anything you would like to share, or to arrange a call with one of the team


#YouAreNotAlone Domestic Abuse Campaign Assets  

As national restrictions have come into force across England, we would like to reassure victims of domestic abuse that police response and support services remain available. You can find support on GOV.UK or call 999 if you are in immediate danger. 

We would also like to circulate our #YouAreNotAlone Domestic Abuse campaign assets again to support victims, family and friends and perpetrators, and We would really appreciate your support in sharing these resources and information with your networks and channels, as well as on your social channels.     

  • Translated assets are available in Welsh, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Mandarin, Farsi, Arabic, Somali, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Tamil, French and English; and   
  • English assets are also available, which includes the Domestic Abuse Partner pack and Employer pack.   

Please let us know if would like any additional information about the campaign. 


Stakeholder news and campaigns

Respect Phoneline and Men’s Advice Line opening hours 

Respect’s helplines will remain available Monday–Friday: 9am–8pm for support by phone, and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10–11am and 3–4pm for support by webchat. However, starting Saturday 31 October, weekend email support services will no longer be available.


Crimestoppers ‘Silence won’t Stop’ Campaign – launches Monday 

Crimestoppers are launching their ‘Silence won’t Stop Violence’ campaign on Monday, which aims to drive people to report what they know about violent crime incidents or planned attacks using their unique anonymous reporting service. The campaign will run for 3 weeks, we have attached a briefing pack which provides more information on how you can support the campaign and amplify messaging on your social media channels.