This week's COVID-19 Special Newsletter was slightly delayed because we wanted to gather as much information as possible about guidance for specific groups of beneficiaries.
Please see the guidance section below for information on safeguarding for children, animal welfare, and mental well being, as well as news about funding for charities working on food distribution.
Much of this week has been spent alongside other sector support bodies, making the same old arguments about the value of charities to government. What is increasingly clear now is that government does not understand how charities work, how diverse and different we are as a group of organisations, and what our individual and collective role is, and could be at a time of national crisis.
As part of our collective effort all the sector support organisations have been contacting media outlets to make journalists aware of the issue and you would have hopefully seen increased mention of charities on prime time television news. SCC has been contacting journalists and media outlets on behalf of members whose stories, in the first instance we believe will support our collective campaign for a 'stabilisation fund'.
We have also made representations to the DCMS Select Committee which convened an urgent meeting to explore the Impact of COVID-19 on the Charity Sector.
You can read the Small Charities Commission submission of evidence and those made by other agencies here
For Small Charities Coalition members in immediate crisis because of funding, and who have less than 30 days we have also set up a special task force group to help, with expert advice on finances, HR, management and fundraising.
To access the service please email COVIDclosureresponseteam@smallcharities.org.uk
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