Many organisations have already adapted the way they deliver their services in line with government guidance on reducing social contact.
Please note this is a rapidly changing situation and the advice is being constantly updated, so check regularly using reliable sources.
Do you need volunteers?
There are currently over 1000 Team Lambeth volunteers, with more applying every day. Volunteers are based across Lambeth and have a range of skills and backgrounds. They are available and willing to be involved in general volunteering activities, alongside more specialised support. If you want to make a request for volunteer support for your service or organisation, please read the volunteer request guide and complete the online form.
Key sources of information
When searching for information in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19) you should use the following key sources:
If you are a food bank or another organisation providing direct support to people who are vulnerable and are concerned about how you can continue to provide your service, it is our priority to support you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding and support available
The Lambeth Local Economy Support package includes:
Rent relief for three months for voluntary and community sector and businesses that rent council properties and are most impacted by the crisis. This benefits over 220 local small businesses and community organisations.
Additional money is available for small grants through CrowdfundLambeth, the requirement to match fund has been lifted.
- We have set up a dedicated information page for businesses/organisations in Lambeth which we will be using to share updates.
- If you are an arts organisation, business or individual working in the cultural sector, creative industries or night-time economy in London, please visit the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk page to register your details for support, guidance and resources.
- The Government has announced that all non-essential retail premises must close to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). It is important that all Lambeth businesses urgently read the new guidance.
National government support:
- Any employer, including charitable or non-profit, will be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme to get support to help them pay wages for employees that would otherwise be laid off during the crisis.
London Community Foundation will be providing grants to help local charities support people suffering hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak. Subscribe to their newsletter for more information about when this will be launched.
Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis.
London Funders have announced a new emergency fund to support VCS organisations who are facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty due to coronavirus. Full details have yet to be announced so check the website and subscribe to the newsletter.
Sign up to volunteer
Lambeth volunteering - we are working closely with our NHS partners and the VCS sector to ensure vulnerable people are able to access support where needed. You can sign up to volunteer here.
GoodSAM- the NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. For those wishing to volunteer, they can register here.
Funding and fundraising
Speak to your funders about the impact of canceling or delaying project activities which are part of funding agreements.
The Charity Commission is advising that charities due to provide an annual return can request an extension and that they will be taking as flexible and supportive and approach as possible.
Your obligations as employers
Protecting staff, volunteers and visitors: The government has issued guidance for employers and employees. These are key documents to refer to. The NCVO also provides information on how to prevent COVID-19 spread and protect staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Supporting staff and volunteers to work from home: The government’s social distancing measures including working from home where possible. The NCVO coronavirus webpage provides advice on areas to consider.