The government have issued a range of guidelines regarding COVID-19 and what we should do as individuals to help control the virus. This includes plans to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.
This section of our website focuses on support Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations in their work and activities.
NYA COVID-19 Guidance
The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities.
NCVO guide: Your organisation and coronavirus – a comprehensive guide being updated regularly and aimed at the social sector. It includes sections on:
o How to protect staff, volunteers and visitors
o Whether to cancel events and activities
o How to support beneficiaries and service users, including those who are vulnerable or facing discrimination
o How to manage finances, planning and insurance
o Contingency planning
Good Finance UK’s resource hub to support charities and social enterprises navigate COVID-19. It includes:
o news about how the pandemic is affecting the sector
Co-operatives UK have put together a guide on HR issues answering questions such as ‘how do we treat employees who follow guidance to self isolate?’ and ‘what about parents who are off work because their child’s school has closed?’.
Catch up on Social Enterprise UK’s webinar on managing people through the crisis
Here’s Wired’s take on the best video conference and chat apps for self-isolation, compared
This BBC article offers advice from AnxietyUK and other practical steps for looking after your mental health
Mental Health UK has these supportive tips
Catch up on Social Enterprise UK’s webinar ‘Mental health and working from home’.
Altruist Enterprises have launched a free online course ‘Working From Home: 5 Ways to Wellbeing’
Spark & Co offers curated links to organisations and information designed to help those from BAME backgrounds, including sections on funding & debt relief, and work & small organisations.
Charity Comms offers a free crisis communications planning template. The same page includes links to online advice guides.
CharityComms’ full list of communicator coronavirus resources
Web designers Copy & Code are offering free technical and communications support clinics for social impact organisations navigating Covid-19
• SSE Fellow Hannah Broughton has created a free Virtual Workbook designed to support small to medium social enterprises who are looking at taking their services online with a limited budget. It covers everything from putting together an online offer, to safeguarding, online adaptations and impact collection.
The Dragonfly Collective have just released a new toolkit on social enterprise business models. It includes tips and tools to refresh or create a social enterprise business model and is based on a review of 92 journal articles and interviews with the major infrastructure organisations in the UK. Pioneers Post have been running a series of blogs by Dragonfly co-founder Tara Anderson alongside the toolkit. You can find the first blog here.
Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.
You can now create a unique QR code and download assets for your business ahead of the launch of the NHS Covid-19 app on 24 September. Find out more here.
The government has published new guidance for the safe reopening and use of multi-purpose community facilities.