Covid-19: Advice for user-led groups and organisations

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has prepared guidance for voluntary sector organisations in relation to coronavirus.

NSUN knows that our member groups vary in size, funding arrangements and obligations to the community.  What is important is that we find ways of continuing to do the things that are needed while making sure that everyone is as safe as possible.

We know that many of our members and the people they support in communities will live with more than one health problem.  This may mean we have to think hard about how to provide support in ways that don’t put people at risk.

It is also likely that the ongoing situation related to Covid-19 will have an impact on other organisations that our members work with and possibly upon our members ability to carry out some of the activities they have been funded to carry out.

NCVO's advice covers practical things like sick leave, working from home and implementing things like handwashing.

An alliance of funders has also come together pledging to offer support to civil society groups affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Funders are offering flexibility around activities, reporting times and finances. We would recommend you contact your funders if you have any questions or concerns. 


The following Covid-19 emergency funds have opened:

£5 million has been released to mental health charities to help expand their services. NSUN will be applying for some of this funding in order to distribute it to User-Led Organisations working on the ground. We will keep you posted. 

Arts Council England: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund: https://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk

Third Sector Resilience Fund (Scottish charities): https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund/eligibility-checker

Supporting Communities Fund (Scotland):

https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/supporting-communities-fund

Coronavirus Community Fund (Northern Ireland): https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/coronavirus-community-fund/

Regional funds:


Read more:

NSUN Covid-19 Update

Covid-19: General Information 

Covid-19: Mental Health Information

Covid-19: Mutual Aid 

Covid-19 and Human Rights

Covid-19: Keeping in touch with each other when we can't meet face to face

Covid-19: The Coronavirus Bill