The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and government advice is changing on a daily basis.
Sefton CVS have developed this dedicated web page with useful guidance for local charities as well as local residents, pulling together information from national government, Sefton Council and national voluntary sector bodies.
Useful Phone Numbers
Police (Non-Emergency) – 101
NHS (Non-Emergency) – 111
Sefton Council Main Number (Switchboard) – 0345 140 0845 (8am-6pm)
Children’s Safeguarding Concerns – 0345 140 0845 (8am-6pm)
Sefton Council Emergency Duty Team (weekends) 0151 934 3555
Adult Social Care – 01704 704389 (North)
Adult Social Care – 0151 529 3761 (South)
Living Well Sefton – 0300 323 0181
Healthwatch Sefton – 0800 206 1304
Sefton CVS – 0151 920 0726
Sefton Security – 0151 934 4746
NHS South Sefton CCG: 0151 317 8456
NHS Southport and Formby CCG: 01704 395 785
Sefton Carers Centre (helpline) – 0151 288 6060
- Find out how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help on the NHS website
- Guidance for employers and businesses
- Guidance on education
- Guidance for filing accounts
- Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
- Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
- How to avoid catching or spreading the virus
- Stay at home advice
Click here for the most up to date changes to community facilities throughout Sefton.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
- Regulators urge safe giving to charities as communities respond to Coronavirus pandemic
BWM accountants specialise in the 3rd sector. Click here for more information.
Alternatively please contact Peter Taffe, Managing Partner, BWM on 0151 236 1494.
- BWM Latest Synopsis – 24.03.20
- BWM Guidance for Loan Schemes
- BWM Guidance from the Chancellor
- BWM Guidance for clients
The Chancellor’s statement can be found at GOV.UK. Updated guidance for employers, businesses and employees is available at:
- WHAT’S IN THE CORONAVIRUS BILL?
- YOUR ORGANISATION AND CORONAVIRUS
- What’s the best way to prevent the spread of covid-19?
- What do we need to do to protect staff, volunteers and visitors?
- Should our employees take sick leave?
- What should we do about events, board meetings or AGMs?
- How do we support our beneficiaries/service users?
- How will we develop a contingency plan and how will our insurance be impacted?
Operational and remote working resources
- National Cyber Security Centre advice on remote working DCS Home-working protocol – for you to adapt and use
- Charity Digital: tech offers for charities during coronavirus
- Public Health England guidance for employers and businesses
- Public Health England guidance on cleaning non-healthcare settings
- Public Health England guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
- Tips from Mind: Supporting your team’s mental health whilst homeworking
- COVID-19: infection prevention and control (guidance on using PPE)
Guidance on working with different sectors of the community
- Universal Credit: coronavirus and claiming benefits
- Public Health England guidance for first responders
- Public Health England guidance for transport providers
- Public Health England guidance for educational settings
- Public Health England guidance for residential care, supported living and home care
- Public Health England guidance for hostel or day centres for people rough sleeping
- NHS Entitlements: Migrant Health Guide
- Easyread guide to COVID-19 coronavirus
- Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision
- Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person (government registration process)
- Webinar recording: COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements
- NHS guidance: COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements
Funding and fundraising
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak, other risks have not gone away. Remember that safeguarding concerns must still be raised. All the resources you need can be found on the Safeguarding Portal.
North Tyneside VODA has created a series of videos to support volunteering groups during the COVID-19 emergency:
- NCVO: what charity trustees need to think about
- Coronavirus – what can Chairs do?
- Resources for Chairs from the Association of Chairs
- Filing charity annual returns during the coronavirus pandemic
- Coronavirus: if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time
- Data protection and coronavirus: What you need to know – Guidance from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)
The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations came into effect on 10 February 2020 following emergency procedures in Parliament. The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 has its second reading in the House of Commons on 23 March 2020.
- Coronavirus Bill
- Coronavirus Bill – explanatory notes
- Briefing on health and social care measures – Coronavirus Bill
- Briefing on education and childcare settings – Coronavirus Bill
- Briefing on emergency powers and national security measures – Coronavirus Bill
- Public Health England full guidance on staying at home and away from others
Citizens Advice Sefton’s face to face drop-in advice service has been suspended until further notice. Face to face outreach services at Sefton’s Jobcentres and One Stop Shops have also been suspended. Customers can still use the telephone service to access support.
Help to Claim (Universal Credit application): 0800 144 8 444
General advice: 0344 493 0012 (Mon to Thurs 9.30am – 1.30pm)
Debt Advice: 0300 330 1196
Visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk for more information
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.
The world is in a state of emergency. The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting both businesses and people from across the globe. Many people are suffering, not just physically due to ill health, but also economically and socially. Workers are struggling to make ends meet, small, local businesses are closing their doors, and social distancing and self-isolation means people aren’t able to visit vulnerable loved ones. Read more…