Here you can find information and resources for VCF sector organisations returning to work following the COVID-19 pandemic- including risk assessment tools, the latest Government advice and guidance for supporting staff and volunteers.
For ongoing COVID-19 Funding Opportunities, please click here to visit the Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) COVID-19 Funding Page
- COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
- Working safely in Offices during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4 July
- 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
- COVID-19: infection prevention and control (guidance on using PPE)
Example risk assessments
These typical examples show how other businesses have managed risks. You can use them as a guide to think about:
- some of the hazards in your business
- the steps you need to take to manage the risks
Do not just copy an example and put your company name to it as that would not satisfy the law and would not protect your employees. You must think about the specific hazards and controls your business needs.
- Office-based business (PDF)– Portable Document Format
- Local shop/newsagent (PDF)– Portable Document Format
- Food preparation and service (PDF)– Portable Document Format
- Motor vehicle repair shop (PDF)– Portable Document Format
- Factory maintenance work (PDF)– Portable Document Format
- Warehouse (PDF)
Information on protecting and supporting the people working in your charity or voluntary organisation, and those who use your services during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Prevention and social distancing
- Risk assessment
- Returning to work safely
- Continuing your operation
- Cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
- Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Supporting beneficiaries/service users
- Supporting staff and volunteers to work from home
- Employees rights and sick leave entitlement
- Supporting members of communities facing discrimination
- Taking an inclusive approach to covid-19
- Guidance for trustees
- Webinars on protecting staff, volunteers and beneficiaries
What you need to do to prepare for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity or voluntary organisation’s operations and finances.
- Developing a contingency plan and your insurance
- Financial management and solvency
- Coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing)
- Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS)
- Bounce back loan
- Charity funding from government
- Other funding opportunities for charities
- Webinars on contingency planning and finance
Whether you are a chief executive or a team leader, this free toolkit will help you identify potential risks to your organisation. Based on your answers to the self-assessment questions, the toolkit will highlight areas where you may have weaknesses and provide practical advice on getting to grips with the problem.
NCVO provide a number of video guides, webinars and tutorials for VCF sector groups via their YouTube channel. Please click here to browse the latest videos
‘Building organisational resilience: Things for small charities to consider’
Webinar delivered by NCVO in partnership with CAF
Free resources and webinars to help employers and employees during coronavirus
The BEC have published a return to work guide across all sectors. The framework should enable organisations around the world to develop robust protocols and arrangements, designed to effectively manage the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as far as is reasonably possible within their workplace.
COVID-19 is impacting organisations across the country. Recent government guidance states how organisations can ensure they work safely during this fast-moving situation. Use the St John Ambulance free online tool to find out how this impacts your business.
Charity Retail have published version 4 of their Reopening Pack, available for download. The pack consists of helpful guidance to prepare for reopening from 15th June.
Please note: The link on Page 4, section 1.1.1. has changed, you can find the poster at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb97021d3bf7f5d43765cbf/staying-covid-19-secure-accessible.pdf
- MIND tips for working from home
- How to support your team remotely
- Supporting staff caring for children
- Wellness Action Plan for home workers
- Coping with redundancy
- MIND Returning to work Toolkit
- Information and support for key workers
- Tips from Mind: Supporting your team’s mental health whilst homeworking