Coronavirus: Advice for your organisation 


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  • The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and NCVO have teamed up for a new £6 million initiative. The Assist programme will help voluntary sector support and development organisations adapt to the changing needs of the frontline.

  • A new £6m programme to strengthen the organisations that underpin the voluntary sector’s work was launched formally yesterday (Monday 29 October) by NCVO Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) England Director, Dharmendra Kanani.

  • Over £100,000 in awards has gone to the first recipients of support from the new Big Assist programme. The awards, which averaged £5,000 in this round, are intended to give infrastructure organisations access to support and advice to help become more effective, efficient and sustainable. The awards are in the form of vouchers that can be spent with a wide range of support providers.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) have announced further plans to support infrastructure organisations under the Big Assist programme.

    The announcement comes shortly after the publication of a report from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, set up by NAVCA.

  • Commenting on the Navca report, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    ‘It is worth being frank about the challenges set out in this comprehensive and timely report. There are simply no easy answers to many of the issues identified. However I believe that NCVO and Navca have a responsibility to do what we can to support infrastructure organisations as they face these challenges, so we will convene a series of discussions on the future shape of infrastructure. We will explore the full range of options to create a sustainable future. Reform is undoubtedly necessary.’

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) yesterday announced a new partnership in order to strengthen the support available to rural communities.

  • A major new project aims to rebalance the relationship between large and small voluntary organisations in public services. 

    Collaborative work between NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, will explore how voluntary organisations of different sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services. 

  • The pandemic has increased demand within the voluntary sector for services and support from charity infrastructure organisations, according to new research released today. 50% of the front-line charities and 85% of infrastructure organisations thought that the level of demand for services and support from infrastructure organisations has increased since March 2020.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the representative body for charities, and the Foundation for Social Improvement, a leading source of training for smaller charities, today announced the creation of a strategic partnership to promote each other’s training and support.

  • Today sees the launch of The Civil Society Group – an informal collaboration of organisations representing members and groups from across the charity sector and wider civil society.

    This press release is available in British Sign Language via the video below.

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