This page was last updated on 9 September 2020 with:
- An article on changes to the social distancing rules from Monday 14 September.
Contingency planning and adapting your services
- Changes to the social distancing rules from Monday 14 September 2020
- New process maps from ACAS to help you navigate workplace changes
- Community Buildings briefing from the RBC Facilities Team
- Changes to the shielding rules and how to keep your volunteers safe
- How to complete Covid 19 Risk Assessments – watch the recorded presentation from July 2020
- How are charities approaching the easing of restrictions? Watch a recorded presentation from July 2020
- Need help with Zoom and adapted services? Slides from session held 25 June 2020
- Resources to help organisations plan for the road ahead
- Mid-term planning – key questions for trustees
- Charity Commission guidance: how to hold remote trustee meetings
- 14 April: Charity Commission – updated guidance for the sector
- RVA guide for community groups offering coronavirus support services
- NCVO guidance on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak
- NCVO: guidance for charities
- NCVO: coronavirus and governance – what charity trustees need to think about
- Zurich: organisational resilience guidance on pandemic planning
- MindTools: contingency planning, including templates
- For guidance and advice aimed specifically at befriending organisations, please see our Ready Friends page
- Bates Wells – governance, solvency, contracts and employment update
- Bates Wells: key issues for charities in public service delivery – procurement and contracts
- ABI Guidance: business insurance and unoccupied premises
- Unoccupied charity premises – contact your insurers or landlord
- Cranfield Trust: free webinar on cash flow forecasting for charities
- Claiming Gift Aid on cancelled events
Employment and staff
- How to support staff wellbeing during coronavirus – July 2020
- Public funding and furlough guidance for trustees, including ACAS template
- Government guidance: coronavirus job retention scheme
- Government guidance: furloughed workers
- Civil Society guidance: job retention scheme and employment FAQs
- ACAS: guidance for employers and employees
- ACAS: guidance on homeworking including a template policy and checklist
- Bates Wells: coronavirus and your staff: what if working from home is not an option?
- Changes to the DBS service during the coronavirus pandemic
- Download: Small Charities guide to better mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19, including a section on working from home
Funding for coronavirus response
For funding news, advice and opportunities go to RVA’s new look funding pages.
Online training, safeguarding and data protection
We’ve updated our training page with a list of training you can access online on an ongoing basis, through local and national organisations.
- Covid-19 psychological first aid training
- Advice on coping with hot weather and Covid-19 – June 2020
- RVA guide: Online training for charity trustees, staff and volunteers
- How to communicate in a crisis – two webinars from Lloyds Bank Foundation
- Online safety when delivering digital services to children, young people and adults at risk
- RVA’s guide to safeguarding resources during the coronavirus pandemic
- Information Commissioners Office: Data protection and coronavirus – what you need to know
- Bates Wells: The GDPR should not thwart a sensible approach to COVID-19 concerns
- RVA Advice Service: if your organisation needs advice or support contact email@example.com. We are continuing to offer our advice service remotely through email, telephone and video calls.
- RVA News: if you would like us to publicise updates about your services via RVA news and the RVA website, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not already subscribed to the newsletter, sign up here.
- Team Reading coronavirus response volunteers: if your organisation is registered with RVA and needs some extra volunteer support please email email@example.com.
- Social Prescribing: If you are a professional looking to make a referral, we are continuing to take these at the normal address readingsocial.prescribing@nhs.
net. Individuals who have received support from the Social Prescribing service in the past and would like us to get in touch again can email firstname.lastname@example.org.