COVID-19 advice for voluntary and community sector organisations

A new national lockdown: Stay at Home was announced by the Prime Minister on 4th January. Full guidance on what you can and cannot do can be found here

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. 

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. 


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

Durham County Council Coronavirus Advice and Information

Durham County Council's response to the latest coronavirus restrictions can be found here

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

Durham Community Action Guides

COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Community Buildings - Road to Recovery (updated 24/02/21)

National Lockdown Restrictions January 2021 - Guidance for Community Buildings (updated 11/01/21)

Blog: National Lockdown - Stay at Home Guidance (updated 05/01/21)

Covid-19 Advice for Volunteers (updated 13/01/21)

Covid-19 Good Practice Guide for Volunteer Involving Organisations  (updated 13/01/21)

Resilience and Sustainability Funding Guide (updated 04/03/21)

Data Protection and Volunteer Groups - Advice from The Information Commissioners Office

Sources of Information


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.


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


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. 


NHS website

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


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 durung the pandemic.