Government advice for charities
Information and advice for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.
See website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-organisations
GDPR – Community groups and COVID-19
The Information Commissioner has published a blog on data protection, containing FAQ, a template for a privacy notice, and security tips for community groups.
See blog: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2020/03/community-groups-and-covid-19
Need extra skills for your charity?
If your charity needs support in the form of skills, logistics or planning, then you can sign up to benefit from the help of volunteers from the business community.
NAVCA has joined leading UK charities and sector bodies including ACEVO, Charity Finance Group, Directory of Social Change, Institute of Fundraising, NCVO, SCVO, the National Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, Volunteering Matters and the WCVA to help charities and community groups get support from the business community as they respond to the Covid-19 crisis.
Please tell them what help and support you need in this form.
Charity Bank COVID-19 Resource Hub
Their COVID-19 Resource Hub is updated daily and outlines the measures announced by the Government that will help charities and social enterprises. It is also signposting to the latest guidance on a wide range of issues including:
- Risk management
- Data protection
Umbrella bodies and regulators
The charity sector’s umbrella bodies and regulators have issued some advice about keeping your charity running under lockdown conditions:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector from the government
The government have set out their responses to the most commonly asked questions. The Charity Commission has added new questions and answers about charity finances to its Covid-19 guidance. It states that decisions on financial matters should normally be taken collectively, and significant decisions and action points noted in writing. Read more
The government will update the web page with responses to further questions on an ongoing basis.
Questions & answers include:
How do I get support to pay my charity staff?
Can I use reserves and restricted funds to help my charity through the crisis?
What do I need to report to the Charity Commission?
For other questions and updates, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector
Advice from National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
NCVO has published information intended to help organisations decide what actions that they may need to take in light of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The guidance also offers advice on how to protect staff, volunteers and visitors, as well as how to support beneficiaries and hold events.
NCVO has updated the advice on sick leave in line with the government’s current recommendations. The guidance also has a section on immediate actions to be taken in relation to managing finances, and a section on how insurance will be impacted.
See website: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus
See the full list of resources.
Blog: Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection from ICO
Read the blog here
NAVCA website resources
The Resource Hub has useful links and resources for VCSE organisations, stored under four headings:
- Operational and remote working resources
- Guidance on working with different sectors of the community
They are updating their guidance and information regularly – https://navca.org.uk/news-and-views
Updated statement from The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19
The attached statement was issued 17 March 2020 by Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund.
They have since stated that:
- they will honour their existing commitments to grant holders and offer them flexibility so that they can focus on supporting their communities.
- all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis.
- accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as they can.
- faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:
- Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
- Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19
Should they get through this initial tranche of support with some funding left or circumstances change, they will move to set new priorities. They know that this means some groups will not be able to access their funding over the coming months and they will endeavour to return to their broader support as soon as they can.
For all the latest updates, please visit their dedicated COVID-19 page.
Information for fundraisers
Information for fundraisers to help everyone in the fundraising community.
See website: https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/news/information-for-fundraisers-about-coronavirus/
More than 70 grantmakers have signed a statement promising to support charities during the coronavirus emergency. They said that they would be understanding of difficulties and be flexible on reporting requirements and how funding is used.
Other organisations in the sector have also separately pledged support and are reportedly considering further ways of helping.
Charities are advised to contact funders directly with any concerns. Further details can be found here.
Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak
This factsheet is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.
Home working: preparing your organisation and staff
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published guidance to help organisations and individuals prepare to work from home during the coronavirus crisis.
As organisations will be encouraging more of their staff to work from home, new cyber security challenges are arising. This includes using new software, logging into online collaboration tools and the risks arising from lost devices, as well as phishing emails relating to coronavirus.
You can read this guidance here. The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has also very kindly shared its guidance for home workers, which you can find here
Finally, check out this useful list of online tools compiled by Charity Digital News, which could really help you and your teams work remotely.
NSPCC Learning’s Current awareness for policy, practice and research (CASPAR)
This document contains lots of useful information about safeguarding vulnerable children:
page updated 1-4-2020