Sources of information and guidance available to not-for-profit organisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Liverpool Council for Voluntary Service (LCVS) has produced a great list of information and guidance for not-for-profits during COVID-19. All the sites listed have been vetted by LCVS and should be safe to access.

LCVS has also provided an up-to-date listing of grant providers that are responding to the coronavirus crisis by adapting their grant making. While we’ve featured a number of the grant programmes listed in our daily grants bulletin and on this website, others – such as the Antonio Carluccio Foundation, the Audio Content Fund and the Dulverton Trust – we haven’t. Please note that some schemes may now be closed to applications as the grant-making scenario is changing quite quickly at the moment.

1. Guidance for voluntary organisations:

o NAVCA – Resources and guidance on a wide range of topics, including governance and safeguarding.
o A great toolkit from Ian McLintock that walks you through what your charity needs to do in relation to the coronavirus.
o NCVO – Your Organisation and Coronavirus – a Guide.
o Safeguarding and DBS advice for those organising a community volunteer group and individuals wanting to assist their community.
o Charity Commission – Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector.
o NYA and UK Youth – online resources for youth work.
o A free guide to creating virtual fundraising events, from Charity Fundraising.

2. Information for employers and employees:

o Details of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employers.
o Details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employees.
o ACAS – advice for employers and employees.
o CIPD – resources on understanding how to support your organisation and workforce.

3. Resources to assist your team with home working:

o 27 tools and apps (many free or low cost) that assist with remote working.
o SAGE – a guide to remote working and virtual teams.
o Facilitators – Resources for Online Meetings, Classes, and Events.
o Canva – easy to use graphic design software that offers a free basic package and requires no design skills.

4. Information to help you support service users:

o ofgem – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your energy supply.
o Government measures/energy industry measures to support vulnerable people through COVID-19.
o Register with the government to get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person.
o Government guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, available in multiple languages.
o FREE Speech and language, OT, and many other SEND resources for families and schools from Chatter Pack.
o Help with using social media and modern technology with children, young people and ‘adults at risk’, from SAFE CIC.