Information and Resources

Official information and advice: Coronavirus/Covid-19

  • What you can and can't do after 4th July (Cabinet Office):   Read more 
  • Symptoms of Coronavirus and how to prevent the spread of the virus (NHS): Read more
  • Government Response to the outbreak (Dept of Health & Social Care and Public Health England): Read more
  • Frequently Asked Questions: What you can do and what you can't do (Cabinet Office): Read more
  • Social Distancing: Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults (Public Health England):  Read more
  • Self-isolating: Self-isolating (NHS): Read more
  • Advice for health professionals and organisations (Public Health England):  Read more

Health and wellbeing

Physical health

  • Daily permitted exercise: Tips and ideas for people who want to conduct their daily permitted exercise outdoors safely (West Midlands Cycle & Walk):  Read more
  • Activities and advice to keep you stay stay physically active and maintain good mental health, including 'Virtual Activity Finder’ - live streamed or on demand opportunities for anyone to get active at home: (Sport Birmingham) Read more:

Mental health

  • Support for children & young people, adults and key workers  (Birmingham & Solihull CCG) Read more
  • Telephone counselling: Birmingham Mind's Helpline is open 7 days a week from 9 am - 11 pm. Tel: 0121 262 3555. Or email help[at]birminghammind[dot]org.
  • Kooth: Online mental health support for young people (aged 11 to 25) - A new free, safe and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health in Birmingham.
  • Looking after your mental health while you have to stay at home: (Mental Health Foundation): Read more
  • Covid-19 and the VCSE Mental Health Sector: Live briefing document based on the experiences of members (Association of Mental Health Providers): Read more

Health Conditions

  • Alzheimer's: Caring for people with demential during Covid-19. (Alzheimer's Society). Read more

Domestic Violence

  • Reporting domestic violence and where to go to seek help (West Midlands Combined Authority)  Read more
  • Safety Advice for Survivors (Women's Aid)  Read more
  • #NoExcluseforAbuse: Multi-agency WM campaign aimed at providing victims of domestic abuse with the right information on how to get help and end the abuse they are suffering. (WMPCC):  Read more
  • 'Rail to Refuge' - free train travel for women fleeing domestic abuse (Women's Aid): Read more


  • Support and guidance for people with disabilities is being provided online and by telephone by DRC (Disability Resource Centre): Read more
  • Registering for help as a vulnerable person. Disabled citizens who haven't been listed on the NHS vulnerable list can register themselves online in order to access essential services. Read more 

Substance Misuse

  • Information and advice about drugs and alcohol, and the different ways support is being offered from CGL (Change Grow Live): Read More


  • Guidance for unpaid carers - anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction. (Dept of Health & Social Care)  Read more
  • Information and advice for Carers - this dedicated Covid-19 Web page contains relevant information for carers including local support and advice about writing a 'What IF' plan (Forward Carers):  Read more
  • Direct Payments: Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment (DHSC): Read more

End of life and bereavement

  • Bereavement Support Helpline available five days a week in Birmingham and Solihull. Read more
  • "Hoping for the Best and Planning for the Worst" - Advice for people, families and communities planning for the end of life care and bereavement support (St Mary's Hospice/BVSC): Read more
  • Six short films about end of life and dying issues from the Muslim perspective (John Taylor Hospice/BIMA)  Read more
  • Coronavirus: Easy Read Factsheets (Cruse Bereavement Care).  Read more 
  • Free booklets for children, young peolple and their carers (Cruse Bereavement Care) Read more
  • Understanding bereavement (short film) (Cruse Bereavement Care) Read more
  • Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund - The Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund can help with funeral costs. Read more (opens as pdf)


Leading your charity or organisation

Business and charity support

  • Free financial Resilience support for charities and social enterprises (BVSC): Read more
  • Guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers: (NCVO): Read more
  • Guidance for the charity sector (Charity Commission): Read more
  • Unoccupied premises: Advice for looking after premises (Charity Times blog: 7/4/20). Read more
  • Social Enterprise support: iSE has set up a free telephone Helpline for social enterprises who want to chat about any issues or concerns. Call: 0121 771 1411
  • Business support: What Government help is available and who is eligible? (HM Government Business Support): Read more
  • Pro Bono support:  By calling out to businesses Volunteering Matters can connect your organisation to the right people, skills and resources to support your response to COVID-19   Read more

Employment & HR

  • Employment Law: Key points including keeping your staff safe; should they come to work; pay; managing home working; furlough leave and maintaining core services. (Elizabeth Scholes, Employment Law and HR Services). Download the guide (opens in Word)
  • Claiming benefits and Coronavirus (DWP): Read more 
  • Guiding and mentoring individuals into employment, education or training (The PURE project) Read more
  • Support for employers and jobseekers (Birmingham City Council) Read more
  • Employment, training and eduction support for under 30s (Birmingham and Solihull Youth Promise Plus) Read more

Volunteers and Volunteering

  • Volunteer Guidelines (Birmingham City Council Public Health Division and BVSC) (22/05/2020): Read more

Infection Control

  • Basic infection Prevention Control (IPC) for people shielding and receiving food boxes or taking transport (Association of Directors of Public Health): Read more
  • Basic infection Prevention Control (IPC) when preparing and delivering food boxes (Association of Directors of Public Health): Read more


  • Safeguarding and DBS Factsheet: FAQs (Disclosure and Barring Service)  Read more
  • DBS Applications and Fast-track Barred List check service (Disclosure and Barring Service): Read more:
  • Safeguarding responsibilities. Follow the guidance from Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board: Download BSAB Advice (opens in pdf).
  • How to Help Safely (Cabinet Office): Read more:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Birmingham City Council's Scenario Guidance for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read more
  • Update on plans to support access to PPE Equipment across the health and care system (Department of Health & Social Care). Read more


Now accepting applications

  • UK Government Coronavirus Community Support Fund - This £200,000 fund aimed at small and medium sized charities opens Friday 22 May at 10 am. Read more
  • Community Grants (Birmingham City Council) - to help voluntary and faith groups who are helping children, young people and families through the challenges of Covid-19 are invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to continue supporting families through this difficult period. Read more
  • Covid-19 vulnerable adults community grants (Birmingham City Council) - to prevent and relieve hardships for vulnerable adults. Read more
  • The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. Read more
  • Barclays: The 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme is giving 100 donations of  £100,000 to charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19: Read more
  • Heart of England Community Foundation: Coronavirus Resilience Fund - available for constituted groups providing services such as food banks, social eating projects, emergency food parcel deliveries, and those engaging in outreach activities; all vital for various constituencies within the West Midlands. Read more
  • The National Community Lottery Fund will be prioritising funding Covid-19 related applications over the next six months. Read more
  • Community Initiatives Fund (West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner) £200,000 fund to help voluntary and community organisations overcome social effects of Coronavirus isolation. Read more
  • Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) - £5m support from the Government being administered by Mind in partnership with other leading mental health providers in England. Read more
  • Grants of up to £150 for young people facing financial hardship (Matt Kendall Foundation). Read more
  • Financial Support for Care providers (Birmingham City Council) - £5m package focused on supporting hospital discharge and to recognise the additional costs providers are incurring due to the pandemic. Read more
  • Covid-19 Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme - Small capital grants of up to £5,000.  Priority given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within the programme's areas. Read more
  • Severn Trent Community Fund: £1m fund  to support non-profits and charities. Read more
  • National Lottery – Heritage Emergency Fund - £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more
  • Sport England Community Emergency Fund -  Awards of between £300 and £10,000 for community sport and physical activity organizations in financial hardship: Read more
  • Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund - The Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund can help with funeral costs. Read more (opens as pdf)

Funds opening soon

  • Arts Council England: £160 m fund to be available for organisations and individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Read more
  • Barclays: £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package. Read more

Funding currently paused to new applications

  • CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund - Grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19.  Read more


  • Virtual Fundraising: What kind of fundraising can you and your supporters take part in when virtual fundraising is about the only option left? (UK Fundraising). Read more

Support & Guidance

Data Protection

  • The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a blog which sets out what community groups should know about Data Protection. Read more

Support for Communicators

  • What communicators need to know (Local Public Service Communications): Read more
  • Campaign Resources for display in public areas (Public Health England): Read more
  • Easy Read information about Coronavirus for people with learning disabilities (Mencap) Read more

Multilingual resources

  • Multilingual Covid-19 Resources and Guidance (West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership): Read more
  • Health Information translated into 44 languages (Doctors of the World): Read more
  • Covid-19 information information videos in different languages (Leeds City Council) Read more

Asylum and immigration

  • Free online wellbeing and cultural resources (Migrant Help)  Read more
  • Language interpretation: migrant health guide (Public Health England): Read more

Crime, Personal Safety and Scams

  • Advice to avoid latest scams: Follow the advice of Action Fraud and West Midlands Police in taking the right action to keep themselves safe online and with scammers going door-to-door.

Free goods

  • End of line and discontinued stock from major suppliers (Giving World): Read more

Latest news releases and blogs:

17.04.20 Birmingham City Council has announced £0.8m emergency funding to help children and families.  Read more

15.04.20 Police say #NoExcuseForAbuse as new campaign launched to prevent domestic violence. Read more

15.04.20 BVSC outlines a possible Covid-19 "pathway" for those who are seeking support in Birmingham. Read more

31.03.20 Birmingham MPs come together to pledge support for city’s voluntary sector during Covid-19 crisis  Read more

23.03.20 Coronavirus Resilience Fund has already raised £80,000, but more is needed!  Read more

20.03.20 Brum Voluntary Sector Virus Response off to a flying start . Read more

17.03.20 Council and Communities work together to tackle the Coronavirus . Read more


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