Help for your voluntary organisation or community group

What can voluntary and community organisations in Dudley Borough do to prepare for Coronavirus?

At this stage, one of the most useful things that organisations can do is to think about how their organisation will cope if a high proportion of their staff or volunteers become ill or unavailable at the same time, and what steps you might take to avoid this happening. Many of these steps involve reducing the time people spend together in order to reduce the chances of Coronavirus spreading between them (and affecting a lot of the people you work with at the same time).

Remember that people may be unable to work even if they have not become ill themselves – it could be, for example, because schools have closed and people need to stay at home to care for their children or grandchildren.

Voluntary organisations and community groups may find useful information on the government’s webpage for businesses and voluntary sector organisations. Some of the information will also be relevant to smaller community groups and to volunteers as well as staff. This includes information on when employees should stay away from work, how to respond to employees who need to take time off work, and how to clean premises after someone develops Coronavirus.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Health and Care

The government advice for social and community care providers may be useful to a number of voluntary sector organisations and community groups:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

The full list of government guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Where to look for information on charity finance and fundraising:

Charity Finance Group general information: https://cfg.org.uk/coronavirus_guide
Institute of Fundraising information: https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/news/information-for-fundraisers-about-coronavirus/

Where to look for information about managing your organisation:

NCVO advice and information for voluntary and community organisations: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus
Acas employment advice: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
Business continuity planning for charities and voluntary organisations from the Charity Finance Group: https://www.cfg.org.uk/covid19_what_planning_should_charities_be_undertaking

Where to find posters and resources for your place of work or community venue:

Public information materials can be downloaded from Public Health England at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5016

Local information:

Information from Dudley Council including council statements, useful videos and travel advice con be found here: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/emergencies/coronavirus-advice/
Latest updates from Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust: http://www.dgft.nhs.uk/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-advice/

We’ll be sharing further updates and links to useful resources on Dudley CVS’s Twitter and Facebook pages.