The voluntary and community sector is vital to the lives of so many local people and we will work together, as we always have, to support them.  We all need to play our part in preventing any potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). During these challenging times, we want to make sure that we can help people stay safe and healthy.

Key updates for the sector:

KVA is also changing its way of working and re-prioritising efforts to support the community.  We will be continuing to send out newsletters and information and to offer our services where we can via email, the website and other means.  Sign up to our eNews and follow us on Twitter to stay updated.

 

Funding sources

 

We will be adding information on relevant funding sources to support VCSE organisations facing financial pressures and to help develop new services to respond to the Coronavirus below:

 

London Catalyst - Project Grants
London Catalyst funds initiatives that tackle the effects of poverty and ill health and make a difference.
Deadline: 14 October.
Apply here


Stronger Communities Fund
Support for projects that use sport and physical activity to address increased levels of loneliness and social isolation.
Deadline: 25 September.
Apply here

Walking and Cycling grants
Walking and Cycling Grants: up to £10,000 over three years:
Deadline 15 October

Read more
 

Grants for LGBT+ sector
Grants for the diverse organisations that make up the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) sector.
Deadline: no deadlines

Read more
 

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21
Innovate UK is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant.
Deadline: 14 October

Apply here
 

Independent Age Grants Fund
Grants for organisations reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
Deadline: 11 September

Apply here
 

Lloyds Bank Foundation
£7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.
Deadline: 11 September

Read more
 

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund
VCSE organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on starting well in life.
Deadline: 30 October

Apply here

 

If you need support from KVA to access funding at this time - please contact Alison Ewart on alison.ewart@kva.org.uk 

 

Remote working

 

We are being contacted by lots of organisations needing some practical support relating to setting up working from home for their staff and volunteers.  Superhighways have put together some blog posts sharing some remote working options and tips along with best practice guidance to ensure minimising of risk.

 

  

Involving Volunteers

 

There are a lot of offers of help during the current and unprecedented crisis. It is both heart-warming and gratifying to see our community coming together to help our more vulnerable neighbours. 

We would encourage all new community groups, unused to working with volunteers, to use only those volunteers with enhanced DBS checks to work directly with vulnerable people and children. 

Some groups are looking to ensure boredom and isolation are lessened by keeping in phone contact with those isolating, collecting books for a shared library delivery or many other initiatives that have been suggested. Unchecked volunteers will be able to shop, help to co-ordinate deliveries etc.  

 

Volunteer Handbook for Neighbourhood Volunteer Initiatives

If you are running a local mutual aid group or community response to coronavirus in your area, this example handbook can help you manage your activities safely.

Produced by Kingston Voluntary Action and Volunteering Kingston, it includes inductions, risk assessments, role descriptions, safeguarding and more.

Download the Example Volunteer Handbook for Neighbourhood Volunteer Initiatives

 

Thanks also to www.voda.org.uk for giving us permission to share this video illustrating best practice we should all be following when involving volunteers at this time:

 

Supporting Volunteers from Robin on Vimeo.

 

Don't need volunteers right now? 

If you don't have a need for volunteers directly at your organisation at this time or for your own local community response - please signpost them to Kingston Stronger Together.

 

 

Support for the local VCS sector 

We have put together a list of guidance form various sources to help with running your charity/ local group during the COVID-19 outbreak. More information below;