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Planning and Adapting

Like everyone else, we at Macc are learning ourselves as we go in this unprecedented situation. We are producing and co-ordinating resources as we go and will share these with you. As things are changing rapidly, we are not able to spend as much time as we would like to ‘polish’ documents so please bear with us.

If you have any resources or learning to share or if there is anything you think needs to be added here, please email them to: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org

Make a Statement

We want to ask every charity, every community group, every social enterprise in Manchester to make sure you have put out a clear statement to everyone you are in contact with (volunteers, staff, users, visitors and partners) explaining what you are doing, what steps you are taking to keep people safe and where people can find accurate advice about how to respond. It is imporant we get these messages out and clearly understood in all communities. So we have produced a template which you can use to develop your own statement. Coronavirus Statement Template


Staffing issues

Some templates below for things you may need to put in place if you have paid staff.

Coronavirus template and policy guidance: COVID19: a Guide for Third-Sector Managers

Flexible working policy

Flexible working definitions

Homeworking Policy: Employees from Daniel Barnett’s HR Policies 2020

Homeworking Policy: Volunteers adapted by Sandy Adirondack from Daniel Barnett’s HR Policies 2020

Temporary Homeworking Policy from Brodies LLP

NAVCA Coronavirus risk assessment template

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers - This document from Gov.uk sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of COVID-19. It outlines the changes that the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is making to the apprenticeship programme during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the guidance


Other guidance

Advice for small charities - If you're a small charity take a look at Small Charities Coalition's useful special briefing on Coronavirus. It covers what to do to help stop viruses like Coronavirus spreading and has useful prompts of things to consider for your organisation and to support the people you work with. Read the briefing here

COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises
Charity Bank’s COVID-19 Resource Hub is updated daily and outlines the measures announced by the Government that will help charities and social enterprises. It is also signposting to the latest guidance on a wide range of issues including: Governance; Risk management; Legal; Data protection; HR; Fraud; Finance; Fundraising.

Good Finance has created a COVID-19 Resource Hub for social enterprises and charities here It is designed to help social enterprises and charities navigate through the challenges of COVID-19, with a range of information, resources and tools available.

National Emergencies Trust launches coronavirus fundraising appeal - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched a coronavirus fundraising appeal to raise funds for local charities. The British Red Cross will be managing donations.  NET will award grants and distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations, for example local community foundations. Partners will work within parameters agreed with NET “to help identify the greatest need and distribute funds with both care and speed wherever possible”. NET was set up last year in response to recommendations by the Charity Commission, following a series of UK emergencies in 2017.  Individuals and charities should not apply directly to the NET for funds. Local charities should contact their local community foundation to apply for funding. Click here for more information

Guidance for employers and businesses

NCVOs, guidance on steps you may need to take

Going remote overnight – preparing for the Coronavirus

Health and Safety Executive - Advice on homeworking for employers

If you are providing services in the social, community care or residential care setting there is some specific advice for providers of these services here on the government website here

You may have specific questions on how to manage your organisation in relation to the outbreak, particularly if you have employees and volunteers. Employees may be concerned about arrangements for sick pay particularly if they need to self-isolate in line with current government and NHS guidance. Advice for employers and employees from Acas here



Safeguarding and supporting volunteers

Tips for telephone befriending

Tips for keeping safe when volunteering