National Emergencies Trust – Local Action Fund

Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make more than £1.2m match funding available to help voluntary and community organisations in the UK overcome the effects of the pandemic.

This match fund of up to £10,000 per project has been launched by the National Emergencies Trust as part of its Coronavirus Appeal. It offers support to voluntary and community organisations in the UK by helping them to counter financial challenges created by the pandemic, including the inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services.

Eligible services include:

  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services
  • Services for vulnerable people self-isolating
  • Services addressing food poverty
  • Community response coordination
  • Services supporting those experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, those facing homelessness and those working with refugees and or asylum seeker communities
  • Services supporting young people’s access to education
  • Services supporting those in poverty or at risk of poverty

Click here for the National Emergencies Trust website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees

Department of Health and Social Care and Health and Safety have published advice for pregnant employees on risk assessments in the workplace and occupational health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This advice is for you if you are pregnant and working as an employee. This includes pregnant healthcare professionals. It will help you discuss with your line manager and occupational health team how best to ensure health and safety in the workplace.

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Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The government guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

This guidance is for parents and carers and covers changes to:

  • after-school clubs
  • holiday clubs
  • tuition
  • community activities
  • other out-of-school settings for children and young people aged 5 and over during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

The government have published information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus..

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.

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Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic.

Content includes:

  • Who can volunteer
  • Business and venues
  • Contact tracing records
  • Travelling to volunteer or while volunteering
  • Ensuring volunteers and their workplaces are safe
  • Safeguarding volunteers
  • Insurance and volunteers
  • Volunteers who claim benefits or who are ‘furloughed’
  • Involving volunteers in mutual aid groups and community support groups
  • Local information and resources

This guidance is for people who run volunteer-involving organisations or groups, or manage volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering yourself, or are an existing volunteer, read guidance on how to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The government have provided protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Providers of out-of-school and holiday activities operate from a range of premises including schools and other regulated educational institutions, by arrangement with the proprietors of those institutions, and other community premises such as village halls, by arrangement with the owners or managers of those premises.

Click here for the full guidance.