COVID-19 advice for voluntary and community sector organisations

On 22nd February, the Government published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time. 

It was announced on 14th June by the Prime Minister that there will be a four week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions will remain in place and you should follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do here

It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19th July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The Government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance. 

We are constantly reviewing our guidance in the light of local and national announcements; as we learn more or should the situation change, we will update our information pages. 

COVID-19

You can access the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) here

Durham County Council Coronavirus Advice and Information

For the latest news and information on coronavirus from Durham County Council, please visit their website here

Details of COVID-19 Support Grants for Businesses can be found here

Information on Durham County Council's Lateral Flow Device (LFD) community testing programme can be found here

Durham Community Action Guides

COVID-19 Update - Pausing of Step 3 Restrictions (updated 15/06/21)

Further Easing of COVID Restrictions - Step 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery (updated 13/05/21)

Resilience and Sustainability Funding Guide (updated 14/06/21)

Sources of Information

CHARITY SUPPORT

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

Information for community buildings and groups

Charity Commission

Regularly updated guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

NCVO 

Information to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the virus. 

LOCAL AUTHORITY INFORMATION FROM DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL 

Coronavirus News

Press releases in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak including closures and event cancellations

Business Durham

Business Durham, the economic arm of Durham County Council, has guidance for employers and businesses about COVID-19. 

PUBLIC HEALTH 

NHS website

The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions about the virus. 

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE

UK Government Guidance 

This includes guidance and support plus details of any recent or upcoming changes.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Guidance from the Government on how to claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. 

Enabling Safe and Effective Volunteering during COVID-19

Guidance from the Government to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. 

Volunteering during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance from the Government aimed at members of the public who are currently, or are interested in, volunteering during the pandemic. 

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