Lockdown

For more details on the Government announcement on lockdown visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Financial support for the voluntary sector

Under the updated guidance from the government, Charities who are not trading over 50% of their income will only benefit from the following:

  1. Statutory sick pay (SSP) – SPP will begin from the first day that employees are required to self-isolate due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It is currently set at £94.25 per week for eligible staff. Employers with under 250 employees are able to recover this SSP in full.
  2. Most measures announced so far focus on the impact for businesses. If charities derive the majority of their income from trading activities they will be eligible to apply for funding through Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Practical advice is therefore to consider ways to bring forward any funding. For example:
    • Submit gift aid claims frequently.
    • Where we have been paid for a service that you are no longer able to deliver, reach out to our supporters to ask them to consider converting some or all of their refund into a gift. This gift may also be eligible for gift aid.
    • Reach out to our database of supporters and communicate clearly what the charity is doing to maintain its charitable activities in these difficult times. This is an opportunity to stay connected with our supporters and to request their support.
    • Consider new funding opportunities and grant applications. 
  3. Employment – ACAS, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, have lots of useful tips on their website with a specialist page at: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus. Among the practical suggestions, they cite that employers have the right to tell employees when to take holiday if they need to close the place of work for any reason. If the employer does decide to do this, they must tell staff at least twice as many days before as the amount of days they need people to take.  For example, if they want to close for 5 days, they should tell everyone at least 10 days before.

There is a lot of lobbying going on so this could change. Updated guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

If you are not sure about the correct course of action for your service you can also download the Guidance for businesses from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

CAMHS

CAMHS have suspended all face to face consultations. All support to be offered digitally and over the phone.

Webinar on online youth work

For those considering how best to do youth work online, you can join a webinar hosted by Dan Moxon from People, Dialogue & Change on Monday 30th March 15:00 -16:30: https://youthworksupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/moxon-poster.pdf

Advice for those considering detached youth work during Covid-19

The NYA, in conjuction with UK Youth and The Mix have produced this guide with updated advice on conducting detached youth work during this time. Please consider it carefully and do get in touch with any questions or concerns: https://youthworksupport.co.uk/stay-connected/

School exams and grades

For updated information on school exams and grades: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

All information correct by 13:00 24th March 2020