As the country emerges from lockdown, and services begin to move out of ‘crisis mode’, the voluntary sector is considering how to resume face-to-face working, reopen buildings, and restart services which had been put on hold.
Support to keep your organisation running
Below you will find a range of tools and info to help keep your organisation running during the pandemic.
We have collated various funding resources on one page, as well as linking to other news items around funding.
We have also created an extensive list of funding sources FOR INDIVIDUALS, that organisations can apply to, or the people themselves, if they are facing hardship.
NCVO seminars and other support
The NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) has put together a raft of useful advice, and is hosting seminars around reopening and adapting services.
Their guidance pages are being regularly updated including around the latest guidance:
They also have a series of webinars, and if you’ve missed them live, you can catch the recordings.
Business Recovery Guide
Cornwall Council has introduced a guide for businesses to help ensure they reopen safely and trade in a responsible manner to minimise the risks from COVID19.
The guide covers the following:
- Working Safely – Coronavirus
- Cleaning and Disinfection
- Food Safety (Reopening safely)
- Structure and maintenance
- Health and Safety (things to think about prior to reopening)
- Fire Safety
The guide is appropriate for all small to medium sized businesses including the leisure, office, care and retail sectors. As guidance changes it will be constantly updated so keep checking back for changes and updates.
- Download the guide for businesses to re-open after lockdown.
- Download the back to business checklist.
They have also put together some webinars. For more information see the Business Regulatory Support pages.
Cornwall Growth Hub
For specific business-related advice, including around the Business Support Grants, see Cornwall Growth Hub. They cannot overturn decisions on grant awards, but may be able to help organisations find grants for which they do qualify, or make suggestions around meeting eligibility criteria.
We have been collecting Risk Assessment forms from organisations which have created them, and are happy to share them with others in the sector, so that we can all begin to plan our futures.
So far, we have the following to share (with thanks to those organisations):
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change – Generic Risk Assessment Projects and staff
If you are preparing to bring furloughed staff back to work, Select (Scotland’s trade association for the electrical industry!) has prepared some template letters that might be useful. You can find them on the Select website.
Relaxation of the rules on insolvency
The Government has passed emergency legislation designed to protect charities and private businesses from becoming insolvent. Find out more here.
If your staff or volunteers need more skills to help them carry out their work, we are now publishing a list of training courses and other events, several times a week. There will also be training courses for people you are working with as well.
Apprenticeships advice for organisations
We have published extensive advice around apprenticeships – how to set them up, how to source the support you need, and the government’s funding boost for new apprentices, announced in July.
As the sector prepares to reopen as per the government’s roadmap out of lockdown you can find information below to help keep safe.
VCSE Sector Roadmap
We have pulled together a roadmap highlighting changes relevant to the sector
Tips for recommencing indoor community group gatherings
We have pulled together tips for staying Covid safe – which have been approved by infection prevention and control specialists at Cornwall Council.
The National Youth Agency (NYA) has 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. Find out more
Village Halls reopening
CRCC is working with ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) to promote their guidance around reopening village halls. This guidance will be updated as new information is released – it contains info around risk assessments, and ensuring that there is no risk of Legionella from water systems left untouched for months. If you are reopening your venue, let us know, so that we can promote it for you.
Guidance for services that work with educational settings
Cornwall Council has published guidance for services which work with educational settings, which you can read here: Guidance for services that work with educational settings.
Guidance for out-of-school setting providers
This guidance is for out-of-school setting providers and their staff, who provide, for children (who were under the age of 18 on 31 August 2020):
- community activities
- holiday clubs
- breakfast and after-school clubs for children
Resources and comms assets
12 April Roadmap posters (including Polish, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian translations)
Coping with ‘re-entry anxiety’ as lockdown restrictions ease
We have collected together a lot of mental health resources for staff and volunteers, and the people you’re caring for.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has shared tips if you’re struggling with leaving your home, seeing other people and going back to work
British Vogue has also written about re-entry anxiety and how to overcome it.
We also have a list of outdoor activities and resources that are reopening, to ensure that people can make the most of their time outside.