Since the outbreak began in the UK, ACEVO has been working in partnership with other membership and infrastructure bodies to represent your interests.
The central repository for updates on coronavirusand guidance for your organisation is on NCVO’s website. On this page we outline the broad focus of ACEVO’s work, and we will also update this page to reflect significant changes.
We have also created a page with special support offered to ACEVO members by our corporate partners.
ACEVO’s work on coronavirus has centred around four broad themes:
An emergency financial resilience package for the sector
We know from talking to many of our members that the financial impacts of coronavirus have already been felt. This has an impact on what we can deliver to those we all serve, and on the employees and volunteers that ACEVO members lead. We have been working with NCVO, the Institute of Fundraising, Charity Finance Group, Small Charities Coalition, NAVCA and many others to represent this concern to government in order to ensure there is financial support to help charities weather this crisis.
Every Day Counts is a collective campaign that highlights the impact of coronavirus on charities and asks the government to provide support. The campaign asks for emergency funding for frontline charities and volunteers responding to the crisis, a stabilisation fund to help charities stay afloat and confirmation that certain measures that apply to businesses will be eligible for charities. Please read this blog to check how you can support the campaign.
Communication between the Office for Civil Society, the Treasury and ministers in government is ongoing, and we hope to have a package in place as soon as possible.
Please contact your MP and ask them to back this call by @SDoughtyMP and more than 100 MPs for an immediate injection of money to support charities, voluntary sector organisations and social enterprises during this crisis.
Great to be joined by over 100 MPs and Peers from 7 parties to urge further clarity + urgent action from UK Government @RishiSunak for charities who face £4.3 billion loss in income over next 12wks. Will play crucial role in fight against #Coronavirus and supporting communities. https://t.co/eAdagzsLnv pic.twitter.com/SRS6gRjSyA
— Stephen Doughty MP / AS (@SDoughtyMP) March 21, 2020
Tracey Brabin MP making a passionate plea to @BorisJohnson for an urgent financial package for the voluntary sector. PM says he’s working with SoS on package. #EveryDayCounts #pmqs pic.twitter.com/Oz3sOo28X9
— Paul Winyard (@PaulWinyard) March 25, 2020
On Friday 20 March the Chancellor announced the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow all employers to continue to pay staff that would otherwise have been laid off. Stone King has produced a FAQ page about the scheme and Hempsons has summarised it.
The Directory of Social Change has published a page with information and links to several coronavirus funding programmes.
Support for you
Even for those less affected financially, this will be a period of prolonged uncertainty that could negatively impact wellbeing and mental health. ACEVO is moving its events online, and we encourage you to still ‘attend’ so that you can check in with your fellow leaders and get peer support. Upcoming webinars are here and digital meetings here.
Our helplines are open if you have questions about governance or your own personal resilience, and we are developing new services which can act as a valve to release some of your internalised pressure.
Members can also access discounted expert, practical support via ACEVO’s corporate partners, and we are still running a number of training events online. Please click here to read a summary of the services and support offered by our partners.
If you are struggling, need advice or a sounding board, or would just like to share what is going on for you, simply visit our ‘talk to us‘ page to find out how to contact our support team. Jenny and Tom – both experienced coaches and previous chief executives – understand the issues and will be in touch to arrange a one to one call. If they can’t support you directly, then they will link you with the information or contacts that can.
Hannah Massarella from Bird has written a blog offering three practical steps to fight fear. The Charity Finance Group has collated a list of resources and guidance focused on wellbeing. Check our Twitter feed and our weekly newsletter for more information.
The ACEVO team is working remotely but is fully set up to keep our membership services going. We are asking people to email us rather than phone so we can direct your query to the best member of staff to deal with it.
If there is something you need which isn’t covered here, or you would like to get in touch for any reason, please email email@example.com
Support from the Charity Commission
Many members are asking questions about the level of support and guidance that can be expected from the Charity Commission. Issues that have been raised include remote decision making, flexibility in reporting deadlines and altering charitable objects to respond to the current need. Click here to download the briefing of what we asked of the Charity Commission. The Commission’s Q&A in response is here. The Commission has said it will be adding to this advice over the next few days.
Helping the sector to deliver an equitable and inclusive response to COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed many charities plans and immediate priorities. Every charity wants to ensure that it is doing all it can over the coming months to provide support and services to the people it works with. In order to serve all people and all communities we need to be sure that the programmes and processes we create over the coming months are equitable and inclusive. The need to move with speed does not negate the need to be inclusive, and the fact that we will all be impacted by COVID-19 doesn’t mean we will all be impacted equally.
On Monday 23 March we hosted an online event to discuss what charities can do to ensure they have equity at the centre of their decision making and designing when responding to COVID-19. Watch the recording below.