It is fantastic that our Sector has responded so quickly to this emerging crisis, but it is quicker, safer and more resourceful if we work together in a coordinated approach. Below we have useful links and information to help from us, the Council, ACRE, NVCO, and many other organisations.
We are here to support you and our communities, we have set up a dedicated Helpline to answer questions you may have regarding Coronavirus and your Organisation – 01202 847609 – Open between 11am and 4pm. We will continue to receive referrals and book appointments, however these will be conducted online rather than face to face.
DCA are offering FREE WEBINARS AND ONLINE VIDEO NETWORKING:
Our Community Advisors shall be running webinars and online video networking to replace our usual training and networking. These shall run on Wednesdays between 11.30am to 12.30pm and cover various topics to help support your organisations, helping you get answers to your queries and concerns, as well as maintaining a vital social link. They’re FREE to join whilst we help each other through this.
Dorset Council has set up a webpage detailing support available for Community Groups. Including:
Their full COVID-19 plan can be found at the top of this same page.
A Guide on ‘Being a Good Neighbour’ has been created, please note this is version 3, still to be approved and branded by the Council.
A volunteer network of Digital Champions are on hand help support with IT issues from collecting prescriptions to keeping in contact with the family.
BCP Council has launched a dedicated phone line and Volunteer Hub to support vulnerable people who need vital support while isolating at home during the coronavirus outbreak – 0300 123 7052, open 8am-8pm everyday. Want to volunteer within BCP? Then click here.
Practical support intended to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus.
The NVCO has guidance on sick leave and social contact, how to hold board meetings, contingency planning and what to expect from funders.
NVCO have also removed their paywall so that now all their KNOWHOW information guides are accessible freely to all all groups.
Bates Wells and NVCO held a webinar on “Coronavirus and your charity – key legal issues to consider” – Click here to access the recording, you need to enter brief details to access it.
The Institute of Fundraising are working with NCVO and CFG to try to understand how coronavirus will impact charities and they need your help! They are asking charities to fill out this survey by end of play on 23rd March so we can turn these results into policy asks. Complete the survey here.
Links on how to help with protecting your fundraising from the Fundraising Commission
Join the Inventive Marketing Club here, Ben Kinnaird is a marketing specialist offering his help with free webinars for charities.
An organisation called London Funders has invited Funding Organisations nationally to join them in making a statement of intent to support grantees/fundees at this time. Have a look at their statement and the 239 Funders that have joined their mission. Some funders are suggesting mergers to maintain the sector.
The Association of Charitable Fundraisers have encouraged funders to contact their grantees and discuss how they can best support them.
62 Sources of Charity Income – Coronavirus Funder List Latest Update via Ian McLintock’s LinkedIn page
Dorset Community Foundation has launched a community fund to help those supporting vulnerable groups affected by the outbreak.
ACRE information for Village Halls and Community Spaces.
Allied Westminster does not need notification of reduced usage of Village Halls but advises to check with your insurer to see if notification is necessary. Read their statement and revised guidelines here.
ACAS have coordinated their advice around COVID-19 for employers and employees
ACAS also run webinars to support with employment law and employment topics.
Ward Goodman have issued a statement to help their customers. They are committed to delivering support through this challenging period.
Advice that an organisation can furlough a proportion of staff and not the whole organisation. It’s been confirmed a ‘a furloughed employee can take part in volunteering work or training, as long as it does not provide services that generate revenue for, or on behalf of, your organisation’
If you would like to sign up to volunteer in your community then click on the below.
If you are a voluntary sector organisation that wants to get involved in providing support or needs help with maintaining your volunteer base please register with the Volunteer Centre Dorset – Voluntary Organisations Information
If you look after a Village Hall or a community space then do take part in the Village Hall census to have your voice heard at this crucial time by following the link below.
The CO-OP are connecting local charities together and paying out £4.5m in the next couple of weeks to keep everyone going at this time, this money comes from member rewards and the sales of carrier bags.
Share your Charity’s story on social using the hashtag #everydaycounts
See heart-warming stories across Dorset through Social Media
‘LiveWell Dorset is support your wellbeing at this time with The Five Ways Challenge, a virtual way of taking care of your wellbeing.
STARS has increased its capacity on its telephone support line to offer more sessions during the current crisis. Click here for further info.
Sherborne Viral Kindness, featured recently on the BBC, is a group set up by local traders to keep the local area ‘afloat’. Services range from home food deliveries to dog-walking.
Poole Support Group, has been set up by a lady in her twenties to help those suffering through loneliness.
The CO-OP are helping NHS staff and Co-op Academy school kids with £20 food vouchers while the schools are closed.
Mind has created some guidance for helping with lone working and keeping balanced.
Advice from East Dorset Health and Wellbeing Group, articles of interest are 3. for housing and 4. for activities, other articles are covered in Funder Support and Council links above.