Various announcements have been made around the Coronavirus, which will impact on the charity sector. Here is a short round-up:
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK
An umbrella body has been set up to cover the 400 (currently) small voluntary organisations providing aid to communities during the spread of coronavirus. It will will focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
Those who are self-isolating can get involved via online or phone-based organising. The group labels itself as a work in progress and is developing resources over the coming days to support new groups. A spokesperson said: “This is a global crisis, with terrible, tragic consequences for so many people that are still unfolding. No matter what we look like, where we live, or how much money we have, sickness shows us that all of us are human and our bodies are fragile. –
Fundraising events cancelled
The London Marathon has been postponed until 4 October, and various other high profile fundraising events will be cancelled or postponed in the coming weeks and months, although at time of writing the Government advice is not to cancel events.
If you are taking part in, or organising mass participation events, the advice is to speak with your insurers, keep a close eye on the current advice, carry out a risk assessment based on the type and numbers of people expected at your event, and take additional measures to protect people wherever you can.
A long list of funders has singed a statement to charities and voluntary organisations pledging their support for charities during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The statement says: “We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time.
“We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.”
It then lists four main commitments that signatories are making:
maintaining funding even when organisations experience difficulties in delivering outputs, offering deadline and financial flexibility, and listening to organisations who want to discuss their situation. –
See more on the Civil Society website.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that was announced in the Budget last week will only apply to charities if more than half their income comes from trading activity. – See Civil Society for more info.
These items have been drawn from the Civil Society charity-round-up page with everything that charities need to know at this time.