Tools, training and resources

There are a number of organisations collecting information and resources during this time. Here are the links our network are finding useful.


Upcoming webinars and training we have spotted:

Mon, 12th Oct, 2.30pm, Webinar - Future-proofing and diversifying your community business, by Plunkett
Tues, 13th Oct, 3pm - 4pm, Webinar - Virtually visit a community pub, The Antwerp Arms in Tottenham, by Plunkett
Wed, 14th Oct, 12:00 - 1pm, Webinar - Building a better economy, by Local Trust
Wed, 14th Oct, 2pm, Webinar - Who Controls the High Street? by Power to Change
Fri, 16th Oct, 10am, Webinar - Basic financial planning, for community shops, by Plunkett

Tues, 20th Oct, 12:00 - 1:30pm, Webinar - Towards resilience: redesigning our systems for a better future, by Local Trust
Wed, 21st Oct, 2.30pm, Webinar - Who Controls the High Street? by Power to Change
Fri, 16th Oct, 10am, Webinar - Basic financial planning, for community shops, by Plunkett

Wed, 21st Oct, 2:30pm - 4:15pm, Webinar - Open High Streets: Beyond Retail - Rethinking the High Street, by Heritage Trust Network
Sat, 24th Oct, 10:30 am - 1 pm, Webinar - Exploring Authentic Community Engagement, by Stir to Action

Wed, 28th Oct, 7:30 pm, Webinar - Co-ops and the Movements for Racial Justice, by Stir to Action

Weekly sessions: Weekly group calls for shops and pubs to share experiences, by Plunkett
Various dates, 3:30pm: Local co-op connections and regional support, by Co-ops UK
Various dates, 4pm: Losing Control Digi Unconference, by Losing Control
Various dates, Covid-19 peer support webinars for VCSE leaders, by IVAR

There are also a range of recorded webinars and training which we have listed under the resource headings.

Government Support

Main government Coronavirus Business Support page
Official Government pages detailing the financial support you can get for your business.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Including details on Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Self-employment Income Support Scheme, Business Rates Holidays for Retail Hospitality & Leisure, Cash Grant for Retail Hospitality and Leisure, Small Business Grant Funding, Statutory Sick Pay Rebate, VAT deferrals.

Guidance - Claim employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (“furlough”) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).


Sector bodies

Community Business Sector

Power to Change Home page
Overview of funding and other advice and blogs from across the community business sector.

Power to Change sector support summary
Overview of sector support available to community businesses

Co-operatives UK - COVID-19 Pages
Advice regarding HR, governance, grants and tax relief and any upcoming webinars.

Information and advice hub to support Locality Members and community organisations during the Coronavirus outbreak

Plunkett Foundation - COVID-19 Pages
Advice and guidance for community businesses, from managing risks to supporting communities.

Charity and Social Enterprise sector

Local Trust newsletters
Carefully curated collections of  news, blogs and more about community change, sent to  Local Trust followers every month.

NCVO Knowledge Bank
NCVO’s member-only resources have been made available to everyone. Their Coronavirus section has information that organisations can use to decide what steps they need to take with contingency planning, staff, volunteers etc. They also have information on safeguarding.

Social Enterprise UK - Coronavirus Support and Resources
A collection of news and resources for the sector that include briefings, links to resources (ie Legal support for members) and webinars.

Other Sector resources

My Community resource website
Brings together resources, guidance and essential information for community organisations.

Getting ready for the fallout
IVAR briefing 3 on the challenges faced by VCSE leaders during the Covid-19 crisis.

National Community Land Trust Network
Resources during the Coronavirus Outbreak.


No Place left behind - NEW
The Create Streets Foundation is launching ‘No Place left behind’, the Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking. It focuses on under-valued areas and takes as its mantra that no place should be left behind. - call for evidence is now open (to the 2nd Nov 2020)

Sustain the game - NEW
Fan groups, politicians and pundits call for urgent action to protect the “very existence” of football clubs.

Save our Social Enterprises
Campaign urging the Government to do more to support social enterprises and co-operatives.

Open Letter: Relief packages for the charitable sector
COVID-19 is set to disproportionately impact BAME communities, with devastating impact likely across a wide range of issues. BAME VCS groups must be at the heart of decision making in any relief package to the sector.

BAME communities and the impact of Covid-19
Petition calling for a full independent public investigation into why and how BAME front line staff including clinicians, care home workers and transport staff and the wider BAME communities are being disproportionately infected.

Operation WIFI
Petition for for an open WiFi network for all communities during COVID-19


The geography of the COVID-19 crisis in England
Research paper on the details of how C-19 has affected different communities according to geography.

Community organisations key to effective coronavirus response
A new report (released on 15 June) from Locality highlights the vital role that community organisations have played in meeting community need and supporting people during the Coronavirus crisis.

From emergency response to resilient futures
A framework to plan and move through the stages of transformation that an organisation faces as they respond to a crisis.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups - resources
Range of resources for mutual aid groups including safeguarding and data protection.

Government Outcomes Lab - COVID-19 Resource Hub
A resource hub on cross-sector partnerships and how they are adapting. Public, private and social sector organisations who work in partnership are having to adapt their relationships in response to the measures taken to reduce deaths from the disease and contain its spread.

HACT - Community Insight data
Community Insight data which includes data on people from at-risk groups

Nurture Development
Supporting professionals and institutions to work alongside communities

Schemes for crowdfunding for social businesses

Cross-sector webinars:

Recorded Webinar: Engaging your members - by Co-ops UK (recorded 12th May)
Recorded Webinar: Lockdown and government support - by Locality (recorded 24th March)
Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 and co-ops - by Co-ops UK (recorded 24th March)


Business Planning

Downloadable Guide: Navigating funding during COVID-19, from Good Finance
Information on navigating funding and government support during COVID-19. Includes information on new funds and facilities, emergency finance options and how funders are responding. (last updated 29th May, 2020)

Reimagining your business model: 17 social enterprise types to guide you
Series of articles from Pioneers Post on business models for now and the future

Urban Foundry business support diagram
Clear business support diagram

Good Finance - COVID-19: Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises
This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19. These include information about funding, social investors, remote working etc.

Year Here - Coronavirus Continuity Planning for Social Businesses and Charities
A crowdsourced collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by ventures from the Year Here network.

13-week cash flow template
Projects future possible scenarios, capture assumptions and refine over time to determine viability of an organisation. Originated by Key Fund and Debbie Lamb –perfected by Neal Trup.

Business planning webinars


Staff & Volunteers

BITC - Business Support Hub
BITC's support hub enables organisations who are in need of support because of Covid-19 to be matched with a business who is offering to help. They have regional leads ready to process requests and help match up with the support requested.

Co-ops UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19): HR advice for our members
This guidance note examines how Co-operatives UK members can protect employees from the spread of infection and how to approach situations linked with the spread of the virus. They also examine important issues including leave and pay - and provide responses to the most frequently asked questions.

Social Change Agency - Fiscal hosting for COVID-19 community groups
Information about a platform to help community groups and collectives who have formed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, easily receive donations and pay expenses through a host.

Volunteering Matters - Connecting Business & Charity
Help with connecting Charities to Businesses that have come forward to offer their support with their skills and expertise.

COVID-19 Resource bank
Time Banking UK resources.

Staff & Volunteer webinars

Recorded Webinar: HR & Covid-19 - by Co-ops UK (recorded 31st March)



Zoom guide
Detailed Video guide on how to use Zoom

Coronavirus Tech Handbook
The Coronavirus Tech Handbook provides a library for technologists, civic organizations, public and private institutions, researchers, educators and specialists of all kinds to collaborate on an agile and sophisticated response to the coronavirus outbreak and sequential impacts. It is a rapidly evolving resource with thousands of active expert contributors.

Circle Loop-business phone system
CircleLoop accounts (useful for order taking) are currently free for 3 months to any healthcare provider or charity.

Open Centres Network
For phone donations.

Technology webinars


Safeguarding & data

NSPCC safeguarding child protection email newsletter

NSPCC Learning
Range of online and face-to-face safeguarding training courses for anyone working or volunteering with children and young people.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults-online course
CPD online course

Government - Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak
A factsheet is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.

SAFE  - Online Safeguarding courses
Online Safeguarding Training for those who work directly with Children, Young People and Adults at Risk across the United Kingdom. You need to buy credits to do the courses.

Brief Introduction to Data Protection for Mutual Aid Groups
A series of notes about Data Protection and GDPR  that was delivered via Zoom from the National Food Service (17.03.20)

ICO - Data protection and coronavirus information hub
A hub with information to help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during this unprecedented time, including advice for community groups, business owners and organisations that are using people's data during the coronavirus pandemic.


Fun Palaces - Tiny Revolutions of Connection
Practical suggestions, tiny steps anyone can take to connect a little more in their local community or simply pass time creatively in self-isolation.

Camarados - Spoon Rooms
A videocall open to all in the spirit of the Camarados Public Living Rooms.



Open Food Network UK-resources, calls & blogs
How OFN is evolving to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis

Open Food Network
Info and online training of food prep, hygiene and delivery.

Food webinars

Recorded Facebook Live: Our Food System here. Featuring Natalie Williams, Iain Chambers & Kate Rintoul - by Common Treasury and Isolation Station, Hastings (recorded 15th May)


Health & Social care

Site exploring the various dimensions about inequality in health that Covid-19 is heightening.


Diversity Business Incubator
Help to small businesses includes having to deliver food to support individuals.

Community Catalysts
Established network of emall and mirco-enterprises mainly in health & social care.

United Voices of the World
Grassroots trade union of migrant and precarious workers.
A crowdfunder platform for unionisation.

Mirco-business matters
Community 'micro-business matters'

Freelancers Union
Models of co-support

Charities Excellence Framework
Diagnostic, creating a dashboard profile good for relevant funding and can lead to a quality mark.

Community hubs and assets

#techforgood - Supporting Stretford Mutual Aid Network
Stretford Mutual Aid Network resources.

Community hubs and assets webinars

Recorded Facebook Live: Our Neighbourhoods here. Featuring Hazel Tilley and Jess Steele - by Common Treasury and Isolation Station, Hastings (recorded 22nd May)


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