Our priority at this difficult time is to support our members through the enormous changes in delivery models, pressures on small organisations and raising concerns with partners including funders about impact and any support that can be given

We will be looking at opportunities to profile third sector connectivity and impact. Please do let us know how we can support you at this difficult time for your organisation.

As you will be aware, VA-L are working very positively with LCC to coordinate volunteers and a meeting on Friday 20th March with a wider group of third sector leaders will progress this. – see agenda

Forum Central is seeing the devastating impact on our members, who are dramatically shifting their provision where they can, but are also having to close down provision in some cases. There is also a need for considered planning and reassurance to the sector about funding.

Commissioners have sent direct messages to organisations they fund and there are conversations happening about the national response, but we also need to work together locally so we can all support the massive shift with minimal negative impact on communities, both now and longer term.

We are looking with local funders at how we can support organisations and we will share information as it becomes available.

Some major funders have announced that they will be showing flexibility and supporting funded organisations to re-deploy resources to respond to the pandemic.

It is may be worth being aware that the capital funds that invested in trust funds will have been hugely reduced by the financial crash so cautious fund trustees may be minded to reduce what they give out at a time of great need, while others will seek to do what they can to support the sector.

The Third Sector Leeds meeting this week focused on our Third Sector response to the virus and drew together the work that Voluntary Action Leeds is doing along with other perspectives to put out a third Sector position statement: https://mailchi.mp/882cfb57e903/covid-19-statement-for-the-third-sector-from-third-sector-leeds?e=[UNIQID]

Information and advice

Information will be regularly updated on the Doing Good Leeds website over the coming days and weeks.

For up to date advice from the NHS for individuals who are concerned about their own health, please visit: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has issued guidance for steps you can take for your organisation, staff and visitors

The Small Charities Coalition has published a bulletin to help answer small charities questions about the issue

The consequences of Covid-19 will be broad – please keep referring to the regularly updated government advice:

ACRE have this poster you can print to put up in your community building.

You can find posters for your venues on Public Health England resources section.