official guidance and resources

COVID-19 Readiness Level: Amber

National Youth Agency (NYA) guidance for the youth sector includes:

  • No local restrictions in place
  • COVID Secure venues required
  • Max bubbles of 15 (+ youth workers and staff)
  • Face coverings required for ages 11+
  • Social distancing of 1m+ required
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London COVID Alert Level: High

From Saturday 17th October, Government restrictions in London include:

  • Must not socialise outdoors in groups larger than 6
  • Must not socialise indoors with anyone except your household or support bubble
  • Wear a face covering where mandated
  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where you can
  • Schools, places of worship, and organised sport can operate with restrictions
  • Some businesses can operate if COVID Secure
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Resources

NYA: Youth sector guidance

NYA: Youth sector guidance

The National Youth Agency (NYA) have published guidance (updated 8th August) with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive on managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19. Find out more here

Update (9th September): NYA have confirmed that despite new restrictions in England, the youth sector is being treated as an essential service and services can continue as before so long as organisations are COVID-19 secure to NYA guidance standards.

You can read our summary here

NYA: Amber Readiness Level

NYA: Amber Readiness Level

The National Youth Agency (NYA) have published a COVID-19 readiness framework, which outlines how the youth sector can operate at different readiness levels. The guidance should be read alongside this Readiness Toolkit, which you can read here.

The current NYA Readiness Level is Amber. You can read the Amber Readiness Level guidance here or our summary here.

Update (9th September): NYA have confirmed that despite new restrictions in England, the youth sector is being treated as an essential service and services can continue as before so long as organisations are COVID-19 secure to NYA guidance standards.

NYA: Readiness Toolkit

NYA: Readiness Toolkit

The National Youth Agency (NYA) have published a COVID-19 readiness framework, which outlines how the youth sector can operate at different readiness levels. The guidance for each readiness level should be read alongside this Readiness Toolkit. Find out more here

London Youth Resources

Safeguarding resources for online youth work

We’ve created a number of useful templates that focus on safeguarding when working online, you can down load them below:

COVID-19 Funding

London Community Response Fund

London Community Response Fund

The central portal for COVID-19 emergency funding in London, coordinated by London Funders and supported by major funders in London. Over £11 million emergency has already been distributed to support community and voluntary organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of COVID-19. Find out more here 

No funding is currently available, but sign up for updates about possible future funding.

National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Community Fund

Apply: Applications are open for COVID-19 support funding, including the £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund: 

  • COVID-19 Funding under £10,000: £300 – £10,000 grants to support people and communities affected by COVID-19 and organisations overcome acute financial difficulties.
  • COVID-19 Funding over £10,000: Grants of £10,000 – £100,000 for up to six months of expenditure to support people affected by COVID-19 or to fund organisations that are affected.
  • Some pre-existing funding remains open, but TNL warns that applications may be delayed.

All funding decisions for the next six months (£300 million) will focus on addressing COVID-19 and accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible. Find out more here 

Youth Futures Foundation

Youth Futures Foundation

Apply: Applications are now open for the Rolling Grants Programme (6-12 month planning period with delivery from January 2021) 

  • Development Grants£30,000 – £100,000 pa over 1-2 yearsSupporting over 50 young people per year towards employment. 
  • Impact Grants: c. £100,000 – £800,000 pa for 1-5 years. Supporting over 150 young people per year towards employment. 

Official Guidance

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

The Government have issued official guidance on safely operating community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities. Find out more here

Youth provision is referenced briefly in this guidance and it may prove useful for some of our members. For more specific youth sector context, we recommend reading NYA’s youth sector guidance also on this page.

Government Financial Support

Summary of Government Financial Support

Summary of Government Financial Support

Please find all Government financial support available to the charity sector here: COVID-19 Financial Support for VCSE Organisations

Please find all Government guidance for charities here:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for the Charity Sector.  

Please find all Government advice on COVID-19 here: Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Guidance and Support. 

Please find all Government advice for businesses and employers (including charities) here: Support for Businesses. 

The Government is providing a £750 million financial support package for the charity sector, including £370 million for smaller charities, through bodies like the National Lottery Community Fund and funding from Government departments. Find out more here 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All employers (including charities) are able to furlough staff and HMRC will reimburse employers 80% of furloughed workers’ wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, backdated to 1st March. Find out more here

Statutory Sick Pay Relief

Statutory Sick Pay Relief

All employers are eligible to be reimbursed up to 2 weeks’ Statutory Sick Pay per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. Find out more here.