Coronavirus - Issues for charities and community groups

  • Voluntary Action Camden have done a helpful detailed briefing for their borough, much of which also applies to Redbridge. 
  • National voluntary sector network NCVO have a page with info about staff, service users, events, finances, working from home and other issues.

The overall picture

  • The epidemic is causing major problems for charities, but no specific government help has been announced yet. National voluntary leaders point out that the sector employs 900,000 people, supports many of the most vulnerable, and will play a crucial role in rebuilding society in the future. Redbridge North MP Wes Streeting has been raising this issue.    new 
  • The Small Charities Coalition has surveyed over 300 organisations. Only 1 in 5 can deliver services normally. Many were losing income and said they would have to reduce staff hours in the next few months. Less than half - 37 percent - were set up for remote working, often because they lacked IT infrastructure. Full report here  new 

Finance and Funding 

  • Several funders have released statements saying they will take a supportive approach to the groups they fund at this demanding time, for example the London Funders statement and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation statement.
  • Our partners at Redbridge Council are supporting the London Funders statement - it's appreciated.
  • The Institute of Fundraising has advice if you're organising a fundraising event.
  • The Charity Finance Group has information about how the epidemic may affect charity finances and what you can do.
  • The National Emergencies Trust has launched an appeal for funds - money will go to local charities and grassroots organisations.   new  
  • Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert is making £1 million available to help small registered charities cope with coronavirus   new  

Managing an organisation  

  • ACEVO, the organisation of charity managers, has produced a page titled "Tips for leading in challenging times" 

Using technology

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