Small grants of up to £500 are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales. Friends of the Elderly currently have four grant streams open for older people who are of/over state pension age, have savings of less than £4,000, and who do not fit the criteria for other funders: The funding streams include home essentials to help with the cost of replacing everyday items, small home repairs and mobility adaptations; digital connection to help older people get online; financial support to help with unexpected bills; and essential living costs including clothing, food, medicines and books. Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authority and social services representatives. Applications can be made at any time, but resources are limited. Click here

Taking place on World Diabetes Day (14 November), the United Through Diabetes online event will bring together healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes.

This free to attend, patient-led event, will include inspirational sessions and up-to-date information to help people living with all types of diabetes, and their families and friends.

Colleagues from our NHS Diabetes programme will be talking to attendees about the latest technologies and tools to help people manage their condition during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

We are delighted to be launching our Peer Leadership Development programme, as part of our commitment to develop 500 peer leaders by 2024.

Our innovative online personal development programme is for people with lived experience who are committed to working collaboratively with the NHS to help shape how health and care are delivered.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the programme, email

NHS Blood and Transport is opening a further 14 convalescent blood plasma donation centres to urgently collect plasma for coronavirus treatment trials and potential use in hospitals. They are encouraging you to come forward if you have had confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

Blood plasma is a liquid that makes up about half your blood volume. After a virus, your plasma contains antibodies that help fight infection. A transfusion of plasma from someone who has recovered from coronavirus may help people who are still ill.

The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme is recruiting in areas where demand is rising.

It supports people who are isolated or vulnerable because of coronavirus as well as working directly with NHS organisations, complementing other local voluntary groups.

Register to find out if volunteers are needed in your area

People suffering ‘long COVID’ symptoms will be offered specialist help at clinics, as part of a five-point package of support.

Respiratory consultants, physiotherapists, other specialists and GPs will assess, diagnose and treat thousands of patients who have symptoms such as breathlessness, chronic fatigue, ‘brain fog’, anxiety and stress.

NHS Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: “It is now clear that ‘long COVID’ can have a major impact on the lives of a significant minority of patients weeks or months after they have contracted the virus. So just as the NHS quickly put in place specialist hospital care for acutely ill COVID patients at the start of the pandemic, now we must respond sensitively and effectively to these new patient needs.”

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you are encouraged to take up the offer to protect yourself and others and help reduce pressure on the NHS.

The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against the flu, which is unpleasant and can trigger severe illness in those who are most vulnerable.

Due to high demand, there may be some delay getting a vaccination appointment, but there will be enough vaccine for everyone who is eligible. Your GP surgery or pharmacy will tell you when more appointments are available.

All patients with a learning disability can receive a free flu vaccine, and this easy read leaflet provides information on how to get a vaccination.

The latest NHS ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign urges you to contact your GP if you are concerned about cancer and keep your routine appointments if you are already being treated for a health issue.

It also encourages pregnant women to keep appointments and seek advice if they are worried about their baby, and advises people experiencing mental health issues to access NHS services and support.

England’s top children and young people’s mental health doctor, Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan, is also encouraging children, young people and students to seek support.

Your NHS is here to see you safely, so please don’t delay getting help if you need it.

Watch this video to find out more about the signs and symptoms of cancer.

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations that are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19. The fund is intended to support organisations in a critical position due to loss of income or an increased demand for their services. Grants of up to £1,000 are available. Find out more.

It’s no surprise that our Directory of Grant Making Trusts consistently tops our best-sellers list. This is the key information source for fundraisers, saving you time on finding funding prospects, targeting the grant-makers most relevant to your charity and discovering funders you might not have known existed.There’s more than 2,000 funders with more than £50,000 each to give. In fact this little tome has more than £5 billion inside.

Whether it’s company giving, educational grants or grants for individuals in need; we have the tailored books that can take you directly to funders. Explore all our fundraising titles here.

Of course the quickest and most flexible way to find funders and keep track of your applications is our Funds Online database, which does the leg work of sifting through more than 8,000 funders offering more than £8 billion.Whether you are a new subscriber to Funds Online or a seasoned veteran, join our expert George Knight for a free 30 minute webinar exploring tips and tricks to help get you access to the funding you need – our next date is 16 NovemberBook here.

And you can always join our Maximising Support from Trusts and Foundations next Friday to learn how the funders think so you know exactly how to get money from them. You can check out all our fundraising courses here.