Voluntary and community sector (VCS) provides vital support to communities in Lambeth, however, these organisations will need to adapt in light of the current coronavirus pandemic to protect staff, volunteers and service users.

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 engagement@lambeth.gov.uk.

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.

Lambeth:

London:

  • 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.

National:

National government support:

Additional funding:

  • 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.

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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.

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