CITA’s Response to the Coronavirus Crisis – 20/03/2020

In these difficult times, we wanted to highlight CITA’s approach to the current health crisis and how we would like to support our charities and volunteers to stay safe.

For volunteers and charities – we are asking that all engagements be conducted remotely/online, as visits to charities are classed as non-essential travel and should therefore not continue on a face-to-face basis.  If remote working is not possible for the engagement to go ahead or to continue, then activities should be suspended. Volunteers and charities should contact CITA if they have any concerns.

We will endeavour to respond to all queries as soon as possible, but we still only have resources to manage the office part time, so we ask that you support us with your patience.

CITA’s own working practices – CITA’s team (staff, trustees and management volunteers) work remotely and will continue to do so. For the foreseeable future, all meetings will be conducted online, including board meetings and other gatherings.

Staying safe

We all have a role to take in limiting the impact of Coronavirus in our local communities. The World Health Organization have developed an FAQ service on how to stay safe and limit spread which can be accessed at https://www.who.int/

Other resources include:

NCVO: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus

Institute of Directors: https://www.iod.com/iod-coronavirus-support-hub

Good Finance: https://www.goodfinance.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub-charities-social-enterprises

SSE: https://www.the-sse.org/news/how-to-prepare-for-corona-as-a-social-enterprise-charity-or-impact-organisation/

We are also investigating creating a resource for charities on how to use technology & collaborative tools to bring their operations online. We are therefore asking volunteers who have experience of cloud-based collaboration tools (eg Office365 migrations) to email [email protected] if they would like to help our charities.

To find out more about how CITA helps UK Charities please visit: www.charityithelp.org.uk