Communities 1st Report on Impact of Covid-19


Information about Coronovirus 

For Charities and voluntary organisations

Communities 1st - Volunteer Groups Partnership Agreement for COVID-19

Communities 1st - CoronaVirus Organisational Risk Assessment Template

Communities 1st - Being a Good Neighbour Booklet - Top Tips to help others

Communities 1st - Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers - short video

Communities 1st - Social Media Voluntary Community Campaigns


Organisational and remote working guidance

National Cyber Security Centre advice on remote working

DCS Home-working protocol - for you to adapt and use

Charity Digital: tech offers for charities during coronavirus

Public Health England guidance for employers and businesses

Public Health England guidance on cleaning non-healthcare settings

Public Health England guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Tips from Mind: Supporting your team's mental health whilst homeworking

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (guidance on using PPE)

Pandemic Influenza Checklist for Businesses

Zurich Organisational Resilience Tool – an excellent base tool to put together your Pandemic Contingency Plan - NB – If you need support to apply this to your organisation, contact Communities 1st and a staff member will help you go through it

31st March 2020 - The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) have released updated information that is practical, thorough and concise – ‘Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection


Guidance on working with different sectors of your community

Universal Credit: coronavirus and claiming benefits

Public Health England guidance for first responders 

Public Health England guidance for transport providers

Public Health England guidance for educational settings

Public Health England guidance for residential care, supported living and home care

Public Health England guidance for hostel or day centres for people rough sleeping

NHS Entitlements: Migrant Health Guide 

Easyread guide to COVID-19 coronavirus

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person (government registration process)

Webinar recording: COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements

NHS guidance: COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements

Homeless Link weekly webinar recordings

Accessible Guidance on coronavirus from Learning Disability England

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COIVD-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals

Information on COVID-19 Scams from Friends Against Scams

The Ubele Initiative: Supporting BAME communities in the COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus and claiming benefits - understanding Universal Credit

Mencap: helpful information and advice about coronavirus


Mental Health Support

Mental Health Foundation - Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing guide

Young Minds - What to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus

World Health Organisation - Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak


Funding and fundraising

Advice from Institute of \fundraising on public fundraising activities

Statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19

Covid-19 Funding Sources



Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak, other risks have not gone away. Remember that safeguarding concerns must still be raised. All the resources you need can be found on the Safeguarding Portal.  



NCVO: what charity trustees need to think about 

Coronavirus - what can Chairs do?

Resources for Chairs from the Association of Chairs

Filing charity annual returns during the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time

Data protection and coronavirus: What you need to know - Guidance from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Government guidance: Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job retention Scheme

Recently updated: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector from The Charity Commission

VAT Considerations for the next few months from BHP Chartered Accountants

IVAR: Thinking about... Merger, during Covid-19


Communications, including a guide on dealing with the media


For Individuals

Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice in a number of languages HERE

The complete list: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Videos of the information are being released here: