SVE Statement on COVID-19

SVE are working rapidly to form our response to COVID-19 and are in contact with our local partners to ensure that the needs of the third sector and local community are taken into account in considering ways to mitigate the impact of this unprecedented situation. This will be a difficult time for local charities and voluntary organisations as they struggle to meet the needs of vulnerable beneficiaries, and services will need to adapt, reduce or even halt. Our social enterprise community, and organisations that rely on funding will be under increased financial pressure as more people self- isolate to reduce the spread of the virus.

We have issued a survey to the third sector to help us better understand the challenges that organisations are experiencing. We would encourage organisations to respond as soon as possible to ensure that our work to support the sector through the provision of information and external influencing is directed towards the right issues. Take the survey here.

It is likely that over the next few weeks we will need to adapt our ways of working to continue to offer support to the third sector, and keep our staff and employees safe. This may include postponing training sessions and forums, conducting meetings online or on the telephone, and restricting staff attendance at external events. Please feel free to contact us by telephone 01786 430000 or info@sventerprise.org.uk for any guidance or support. We will review the service we provide as the situation develops and as the needs of local organisations become clear.

For more information on Covid-19 and the third sector please visit https://scvo.org.uk/support/covid-19

If you are a Charity you may wish to view OSCR’s guidance on Charity governance and regulation during this unprecedented situation https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/charities-and-coronavirus-an-update-from-the-regulator/

You can find here a Homeworking Self Assessment Form here.

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