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16/04/2021

The end is in sight!

For over a year now we have been working under exceptional circumstances as the country battles with the COVID-19 pandemic. The success of the UK’s vaccination programme though has contributed to the government’s roadmap for coming out of lockdown and returning to a more normal state, although it must be stressed that the situation is a fluid one and these plans are subject to change, and it looks increasingly likely that whatever the ‘new normal’ is, it won’t be the same as it was before the pandemic first took hold.

The process of coming out of lockdown presents its own challenges. The NCVO has recently updated its own guidance on planning for the easing of national lockdown which raises a number of questions for charities to consider before resuming activities that could influence how charities offer their services going forward. The NCVO has also recently updated their guidance on cyber security and data protection, coronavirus testing and volunteers, and self-isolating due to international travel, which may be of use.

Last summer as we emerged from the first lockdown the Fundraising Regulator issued guidance on supporting a safe return to fundraising, which will be equally relevant now. Many charities will be keen to recommence fundraising activities that have been put on hold as soon as possible to help restore their financial position, but they need to ensure that they do so mindful of the need to do so responsibly.

Guidance:

NCVO bit.ly/3bEG7cN
Fundraising Regulator bit.ly/3r1SN3Y

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