We know many of you will be concerned about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) might affect your social enterprise, charity, community business or impact organisation.
We want to do everything we can to help you, and the people you support, weather the storm.
This blog shares links to resources you might find useful. We’ll update it as new resources become available or visible to us. If you come across a resource that others might find useful, please email Sophie (our head of communications) at email@example.com or tweet @sophiehobson.
It’s so important that we find ways to help each other out during this time, especially in the social impact sector.
SSE students, course attendees and other people directly involved in our work
We are updating you regularly by email if we support you through one of our programmes, if you’re due to attend an SSE course or if you are directly involved in SSE’s work in another way. If you have other concerns related to SSE during this time, please contact your learning manager or your main contact at SSE.
- Government advice on coronavirus – general
- Government advice on coronavirus – for employers, employees and businesses
- NHS advice on coronavirus
- NHS 111 symptom checker
Most useful resources we’ve found so far*
(*Other than government advice)
- NCVO guide: Your organisation and coronavirus – a comprehensive guide being updated regularly and aimed at the social sector. It includes sections on:
- How to protect staff, volunteers and visitors
- Whether to cancel events and activities
- How to support beneficiaries and service users, including those who are vulnerable or facing discrimination
- How to manage finances, planning and insurance
- Contingency planning
- Good Finance UK’s resource hub to support charities and social enterprises navigate COVID-19. It includes funding and investment guidance, tips on remote working, news about how the pandemic is affecting the sector, and much more.
- Social Enterprise UK: Regularly updating their website with the latest news and resources to help us collectively get through the coming weeks., including summaries of key government support available to social enterprises. You also have the opportunity to feed into an SEUK consultation on what they will ask for from the government to support social enterprises.
Finance and funding
- Brilliant list of 80+ funders offering emergency funding to charities and social-sector orgs, created by Ian McLintock, founder of Charity Excellence Framework.
- Dozens of funders have made a commitment to be supportive and flexible about funding requirements, throughout the outbreak. It is worth letting funders know as soon as you can how you think your organisations might be affected.
- Latest government support for small businesses.
- Latest government support for charities.
- CAF’s Coronavirus Emergency Fund: offering UK organisations with a charitable purpose, with income of less than £1m, grants up to £10,000. They aim to make payments within 14 days.
- Crowdfunder is offering 100% free crowd-funding throughout the crisis (i.e. you won’t pay any fees), and Spacehive has committed to waiving its 5% fee (though still updating its website)
- National Emergencies Trust has launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected.
- Fast-track grants of up to €1m offered to projects tackling effects of COVID-19 – from the Action Against Corona initiative.
- The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has introduced an emergency support fund of £1 million to support London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus.
- ACF is working with NCVO, ACEVO and CFG to urge government to provide financial support to the charity sector, submitting evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, rallying support from parliamentarians and launching the #EveryDayCounts campaign.
- Scotland only – The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. Check your eligibility here.
Government support available for your organisation
- Social Enterprise UK have collated the most recent support announced by government.
- Do not assume that the situation is static. Keep checking the government’s website and news for further announcements on support measures:
- If you’re self-employed, this Money Saving Expert hub is a great source of written and video info
- Government’s page on how to claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
- Co-operatives UK have put together a guide on HR issues answering questions such as ‘how do we treat employees who follow guidance to self isolate?’ and ‘what about parents who are off work because their child’s school has closed?’.
- ACAS is monitoring government advice daily and updating this Covid-19 resource for employer and employees.
- Catch up on Social Enterprise UK’s webinar on managing people through the crisis
- Wrigleys Solicitors have put together a set of articles around risk mitigation, maintaining good governance, funding and more.
Business & continuity planning
Catch up on Social Enterprise UK’s webinar on continuity planning during the crisis.
This Federation for Small Business (FSB) guide is helpful. It includes sections on:
- If you have to close your organisation
- Business insurance
- Advice for employers
- Measures for the workplace
It’s aimed at small businesses but the advice is also relevant to small charities, social enterprises, community businesses and impact organisations.
UnLtd have out together a guide on planning for the crisis as a social enterprise.
Community businesses: try Power to Change’s resource hub
“Crisis communications” might sound scary or extreme, but really it’s just about making sure you’re prepared for different eventualities, and that you keep people up-to-date during tricky times. It might help to plan how you’ll communicate with the people you work with throughout the coming weeks, if you’re expecting your organisation to be affected by coronavirus. Charity Comms offers a free crisis communications planning template. The same page includes links to online advice guides.
Continuing to support your clients, beneficiaries and vulnerable people you work with
- The NCVO guide (linked to above) has useful information on this.
Working from home, supporting your team with remote working & tech
- We like these five suggestions from Hubbub (founder Trewin is an SSE fellow).
- Here’s Wired’s take on the best video conference and chat apps for self-isolation, compared
- Zoom offers these useful tips for help setting up virtual, no-cost meetings online. With daily live demos and webinars, there’s everything you need to get you started.
- Working from home with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia – Covid19 – great blog by SSE fellow Matt Boyd, of Exceptional Individuals
Looking after your mental health
- This BBC article offers advice from AnxietyUK and other practical steps for looking after your mental health
- Mental Health UK has these supportive tips
- MIND has this excellent advice for coping with social distancing and being at home
- The Coronavirus Helpful Hub from Blurt Foundation includes articles about setting digital boundaries, limiting anxiety-inducing news, self care and more.
- Catch up on Social Enterprise UK’s webinar ‘Mental health and working from home’.
Supporting each other
We’re thinking about how we can best support each other during this time. We’ve started using the hashtag #SocEntSolidarity on Twitter and Facebook so that, as a community, we can share tips, friendly words, positive news, cute memes – anything to brighten our days! Feel free to use #SocEntSolidarity and tag us @SchSocEnt and we can help each other through.
Supporting your community
Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups across the UK. Loads of resources, connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
Staying up to date with the sector
- Pioneers Post – the magazine and news source for social enterprises and the social-impact sector – are sharing news and updates specific to our sector on coronavirus (COVID-19)