Mayor of London – Coronavirus Volunteering
The Mayor of London’s team have collated and published information about available support for civil society organisations.
NCVO champion the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. They work to help voluntary organisations and volunteers make the biggest difference they can. NCVO have published guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the pandemic and have removed the paywall for their resources. HR consultancy Croner, an NCVO Trusted Supplier and specialists in HR and employment law, are offering unlimited access to their HR and Employment Law helpline to all voluntary sector organisations, free of charge.
Lambeth Council has approved a major economic package to support workers and businesses affected by the pandemic. The package includes rent relief, grants to businesses, business rates relief, freezing commercial waste charges, emergency support scheme, creating a Business Task Force and lobbying government.
We Are Waterloo
We Are Waterloo is a Business Improvement District (BID) focused on creating a safer and more pleasant trading environment for businesses in Waterloo.The BID has released guidance for businesses and employees including Government guidance, Lambeth Council’s guidance and insurance advice.
Southwark Council Community Relief Fund
Local funders have joined forces to launch a £445,000 relief fund to help Southwark charities, community organisations and social enterprises deal with the impact of the pandemic. The fund will be managed by United St Saviour’s Charity and all applications will go through the London Community Response portal.
Team London Bridge
Team London Bridge is a Business Improvement District (BID) with the vision to make London Bridge one of the most responsible, culturally innovative, environmentally astute commercial districts in the world.The BID has provided Business Guidance including topics such as safety and security, food and drink, arts and culture and health.
Westminster City Council
Westminster City Council has set up Westminster Connects to connect volunteers with those who need help during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone who would like to help can sign up as a volunteer on the Westminster Connects webpage. You can specify your availability, skills and how you would like to help.
One Westminster is the Council for Voluntary Service for the City of Westminster. Their website lists the latest information to help individuals and families stay safe and also ways to support organisations.
Young Westminster Foundation
The Young Westminster Foundation is a cross-sector partnership that creates a community of member and partner organisations. Together they shape opportunities and create the best services for children and young people in Westminster.They are supporting their network as best they can but if you are concerned about your service users at risk or the functioning of your organisation, or if you are able to offer support please call them on 07426217044.
The Fore coordinates a network of individuals who are interested in providing pro bono support to small charities and social enterprises, as well as becoming trustees. Opportunities are circulated to members weekly. In the past network members have helped with business planning, financial modelling, marketing, legal advice and more. Fill in the survey to see if The Fore can help your organisation.
Reach Volunteering is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. They are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is their mission and passion. They help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. In response to the pandemic Reach has created a platform for charities to post remote volunteering opportunities. People can volunteer from home and could have a big impact.
Civil Society is a news outlet which has listed available funding to charities during the pandemic. The webpage includes a list of new funds available and a list of organisations providing advice to charities.
Charity Bank is an ethical bank that supports charities with loans and shows how to invest ethically.Charity Bank have listed emergency funds available for charities and social enterprises experiencing financial difficulties.
Grants Online lists community foundations and other organisations that have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the pandemic. The list will continue to be updated.
The Community PR initiative
A group of volunteer PR practitioners have launched an initiative to provide free communications support to charities and public sector organisations that are struggling against the background of coronavirus lockdown and staff on furlough.
Catalyst is a charitable initiative to increase the resilience and responsiveness of UK civil society, through digital, design and data. It’s an alliance of civil society organisations, funders, and digital agencies. During the pandemic Catalyst have been helping charities to use digital technology to keep serving their beneficiaries in a time of crisis. They are providing direct support, creating tools and resources, and offering practical advice.
Superhighways offers advice, training and IT support to help small charities and community organisations across London be more effective, raise their profile and demonstrate their impact using digital technology.In response to COVID-19, they are working hard to offer remote working webinars and support resources to help everyone stay at home safely while still carrying out the vital work of their small charity or community group.
Social Enterprise UK
King’s is a member of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), the national membership body for social enterprises and their supporters. SEUK have a dedicated webpage for the latest support and resources available for social enterprises during the pandemic, which includes webinars and information about legal support.
London Plus will be updating their website with resources and guides, for civil society organisations in London during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak including tips about working from home to guidance on governance.
Blume are offering 1,000 hours of free support to help charities deal with the consequences of Covid-19. Experienced charity accountants, HR professionals, fundraisers, copywriters, and office administrators are all on hand to support you with pressing tasks.uides, for civil society organisations in London during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. From tips about working from home to guidance on governance.