Useful Links and Information

Just a reminder of a few more useful links in relation to Covid-19.
Information is being added/updated all the time – please check our wesite and others frequently to ensure correct information.

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Support for extremely vulnerable people
Those with a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus can register for help and support. For example, they can ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. Anyone who is not sure whether their medical condition makes them extremely vulnerable, is advised by the government to register anyway. People can register themselves, or on behalf of someone else.
Here is the link for registration:


For your organisation/group

Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group
There arecurrently 80,000 Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams licenses on offer for free for 6 months to support the Voluntary Community and Faith Ssctor in supporting the system, the NHS and GP practices in their work from a social prescribing perspective, to facilitate meetings, conference calls and to support referral pathways, as it has been reported connectivity is an issue. If any organisation is interested in these licenses then please contact:


Guidance for the Charity Sector
The Charity Commission has produced some very accessible and helpful guidance on key issues affecting the sector. It covers issues such as

  • How do I get support to pay charity staff?
  • Can we hold our meetings using teleconferencing?
  • Should we postpone our AGM?
  • Am I allowed to use my reserves and unrestricted funds?
  • What constitutes a serious incident?
  • Can we file our accounts late?

Supporting your Team’s Mental Health
Mind has put together some tips for line managers about how they can support their team’s wellbeing as well as their own whilst working remotely or from home. Read the tips here.

GDPR and Data Sharing
As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the UK, more and more people are driven to help the most vulnerable in our communities. Church groups, neighbourhood and residents associations are being set up to support the work of existing community groups, services and charities.
Often, these groups need to handle sensitive personal information and share it with others. And that means taking account of data protection law. Please visit the website for full details:

Guidance for businesses and workers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Government has today published guidance for businesses and workers on how to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary.

Guidance for Employers
Employers will be able to use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. We expect the scheme to be up and running by the end of April.

Please use the following link to access the guidance:

Guidance for Employees
The guidance published today will support workers understand whether they are eligible for the scheme, and how much the employer can claim if they are unable to operate or if there is no work due to coronavirus (COVID 19).

Please use the following link to access the guidance:

Self Employment Income Support Scheme
Chancellor Reveals Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme (26/03/2020).
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new scheme to support the UK’s self-employed through the Covid-19 outbreak. In the latest move to protect individuals and businesses, the Chancellor has set out plans that will see the self-employed receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least three months.

The scheme will cover the three months to May 2020. Grants will be paid in a single lump sum instalment covering all three months, and will start to be paid at the beginning of June.

Applicants cannot apply for this scheme yet. HMRC will contact those who are eligible in due course and invite them to apply online.
For details:

Useful Websites
Cumbria County Council updates:


Local support for your organisation:

Support for your organisation:

Information for businesses disrupted by Covid-19:

A range of advice for local businesses/third sector organisations:

How to volunteer safely:,6SZD7,N8AGT,R8OVC,1

DBS and volunteering updates:

Managing Community Buildings:

A national perspective:

Top Tips for improving performance:,6SZD7,N8AGT,R8NG5,1

For employers and employees:

DBS updates:

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