Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service



LCVS is working hard to keep you up to date with the latest information to help keep you safe during the outbreak.

Advice for volunteers

Here’s how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

Stay Safe

First and foremost volunteers must ensure that they are following the latest government guidelines for staying safe and preventing further spread of the virus.  For the latest government guidelines follow this link:

Look out for your neighbours

Not just the elderly in our community but also those who are key workers, in one of the at-risk groups, without transport to get to shops or pharmacies and those who are caring for dependents.  Most people will feel more comfortable asking for or receiving support from somebody who lives in their street or local community.

For further guidance on staying safe while supporting others, visit:

Volunteer for local charity or COVID- 19 support group

Your local Lincolnshire councils, community groups and volunteers are working together.

LCVS Area Officers are working with organisations recruiting volunteers in your area and feeding information to the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.  They can signpost you to reputable volunteer involving organisations in your local area.

Contact us to find out more about volunteering opportunities available in your area.

Support the NHS

You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak. This is to support the 1.5m people in England at most risk from the virus to stay well. Once you’ve registered and checks are complete – you’ll be provided with a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’ and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby. If you have no transport there may also be options available to provide telephone support.

For further details and to apply  visit

Give support through the Red Cross

By becoming a Red Cross community reserve volunteer, you can help your community get back on track. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene. You must be 18 or above, understand you can be called upon in a crisis and understand you will only be asked to help in your local community.

For further information and to apply visit:

Advice for groups

24/02/2020 Updated COVID-19 pages

Our role at LCVS is to provide you with ongoing support during these unprecedented times helping you remain as active as possible and keeping you up to date with advice and information from your local and wider support networks.

Please find below links to the main information sources and remember you can also contact your local LCVS Area Officer via

Additional support for existing community organisations

Support is available for existing community groups that need some help with working through issues relating to the challenges of COVID-19. LCVS is working with groups to develop a tailored action plan offering support, advice and guidance. Common issues requiring support are governance, policies and procedures, health and safety, marketing and sustainability. Please contact LCVS if you feel your group would benefit from this support.

NCVO Coronavirus Information

The NCVO provides information to help you decide what steps you and your charity or voluntary organisation need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus and includes the following sections:


Working with Staff

 How to support and manage staff during covid-19 and the key government schemes available to employers.

 Involving Volunteers

 How volunteers can best be engaged and supported during the covid-19 pandemic.

 Delivering Your Work

 Information on managing risk, delivering activities, supporting beneficiaries and managing your finances.

 Governing Your Organisation
The key things trustees need to consider in the governance of their voluntary organisation in light of the covid-19 pandemic.

 Safeguarding In Voluntary Organisations
What charities, formal voluntary organisations and informal volunteer-led groups should consider in meeting their safeguarding duties


Charity Commission advice

 Charity Commission advice is available via the website

 Quick links to contents:



Providing support to vulnerable people

Whether you are an established voluntary group or set up in response to the pandemic LCVS can help you develop sustainable ways of working and/or strengthen the services you are offering to support vulnerable throughout the pandemic and beyond.

LCVS Community Initiative Connector Service

LCVS has recently introduced the role of ‘Community Initiative Connector’.

As we have seen, communities across our districts have set up community/neighbourhood groups and initiatives, whether that is through Facebook, the village shop, pub or people and organisations working together. These come in many shapes and forms but many of the policies, procedures and processes are the same. Support is available from a Project Officer in Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland and South Kesteven to help develop and support community initiatives. Even if people just want an informal chat to begin with, please contact Lynnette Pryke on or 07506 717998 or join the Facebook group

Good Neighbour Schemes

If you are looking to establish a local Good Neighbour Scheme, Community Lincs, part of YMCA Lincolnshire can help you decide if this is suitable for your community and if so, help you set up a local scheme.  For further information contact LCVS or the GNS team at Community Lincs:

Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF)

The LRF are co-ordinating the response for vulnerable residents on a countywide basis. If you are providing any Covid-19 response services and are not currently registered with the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF), please contact them on 0300 303 8789.

You can also follow their Facebook page for regular updates and advice:  also Lincolnshire Resilience Forum | Facebook


Covid-related funds are listed on our Covid-19 funding updates  pages.

Your local areas officer can provide support with identifying funds, writing successful bids and funding training. You can also contact your local LCVS Area Officer via

Going Digital

Since the start of the pandemic technology has become an integral part of the work of any charity. NCVO have pages covering the main topics you may need to consider across the work of your organisation. These include:


  • Internet presence
  • A reliable IT network and web connection
  • A good digital toolbox
  • Using your data as a key asset
  • Using social media
  • Training and skills development
  • Policies and procedures

Supporting local residents during Covid19 restrictions to assist with Digital needs via the use of virtual support sessions. Developing a safe return to face to face events and delivering digital learning sessions in the local community. Developing systems to future proof the Charity. Visit the website:

Website giving advice and information on developing your organisation’s digital strategy include:




For the latest trends, research and advice on tech for good: Reason Digital


  • Charity Digital help other charities to accelerate their missions using digital technology: Charity Digital.


For free digital marketing skills training: Google Digital Garage

Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19

Covid-19 is having a major impact on the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VSCE) sector. Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam and NCVO have begun a monthly barometer survey to track the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VSCE) sector.


It will give you an overall picture of the sector’s health and where your organisation stands relative to similar sized organisations.


All VCSE organisations are encouraged to complete the survey to help continually improve the quality of the data shown in the barometer.


Visit the website to access the barometer and take part in the survey: Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 – CPWOP








COVID-19 Response Funding Updates

We will keep this page updated as soon as information is received and add eligibility details where possible. As you will appreciate, there will be a huge demand for financial support in the current circumstances, so we advise you to follow the links and ensure you meet the criteria before applying. Remember to contact your local councillors for details of available council funding too.

For help with preparing and completing applications take a look at the following guidance, and you can also contact your LCVS Area Officer for further support: Checklist for COVID-19 Funding Success

Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Force for Change Programme


Deadline for Round 2: Midday 2nd August 2021, Decision late October 2021

                        Round 3: Midday 19th November 2021, Decision late February 2022


Grants of up to £10K are available for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration, supporting COVID recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.  Projects must fit with one of the two themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Now open for applications with no deadline.


Grants from £3K up to £5M are now available to support the heritage sector in its recovery from COVID 19 and to help them to build back for positive change.  Organisations across a broad range of projects and activities can apply.  Projects which contribute to recovery from the virus will be prioritised and should aim to:

  • boost the local economy
  • encourage skills development and job creation
  • support wellbeing
  • create better places to live, work and visit
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

Full details can be found on the website:

Sport England – School Sports Facilities

£10.1 million of funding is being made available to enable schools in England to open their sports and swimming facilities outside of the school day. The new funding is aimed to support schools to open their facilities in a COVID safe way to encourage pupils to be more active when legislation allows  The fund will target areas and schools most in need, especially those with high inactivity among children.  

The funding could include helping them to buy new equipment for sports and activities, as well as arranging additional cleaning and clear signage to help maintain social distancing. It will allow facilities to stay open during evenings, weekends and school holidays, providing more sports clubs and activity facilities to children and the wider community and improve access to equipment for pupils with disabilities.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Rural communities from across the UK can apply for grants of up to £10,000 thanks to support from Barclays, but they need to respond quickly as applications will only be accepted from 2 February until enough eligible applications have been received.


Applications to the current round will be accepted from settlements with up to 3,000 residents and properly constituted, community-led organisations with a turnover under £500,000 per year, which can demonstrate how beneficiaries will be drawn from the local community.


Successful projects will build on the community’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and must show how they are contributing to the resilience of the community.


There is more detail here:

Anglian Water: Positive Difference Fund


Anglian water are working with local Community Foundations to allocate funding to support local projects which are having a positive impact on people in the communities served by them.  To be eligible for funding projects must support those in vulnerable circumstances or those who are considered high risk and help to: 

  • Meet emerging needs resulting from the pandemic, especially for people who are at higher risk or find themselves in vulnerable circumstances as a result.
  • Support projects that have a positive impact on people and communities in the region Anglian Water serves.
  • Connect people, especially the most vulnerable, with the practical and essential support they need.
  • Support communities to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
  • Support community assets, local charities and community groups to adapt and (re)build, empowering communities from the ground up.

For more information please contact Lincolnshire Community Foundation:

Power to Change – Community ReBoost Fund


The fund aims to support community businesses to raise share capital to support recovery, adapt or expand in response to COVID 19 through grant funding and matched equity investment.  It will support businesses to raise capital via community share offers between November 2020 and April 2021:

  • Development grants of £3-5K to prepare a community share offer and be awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark.
  • Match equity investment – typically matching pound for pound up to £25K invested by the ReBoost Fund.,funding%20and%20matched%20equity%20investment.

Sport England – Crowdfunding

Sport England are offering up to 50% in match funding for Sports clubs, charity, community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community. They are offering to match crowd funds of up to £10K for clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis.


Rolling Programme meeting every 2 months to consider applications

Alpkit are a charity that helps people Go Nice Places, Do Good Things. However, in response to recent global events they have shifted focus over the coming months. They are now prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis. They are interested in funding Pandemic Projects that are a community response to Covid 19 such as food access, health, well-being and recovery issues such as:

  • Being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people
  • Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care
  • Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
  • Bringing adventure indoors and overcoming the obstacles that prevent us benefiting from going outdoors.

    If possible, please apply at least 3 months before the start of a project so that the trustees have time to consider it at their next meeting.

Newby Trust – COVID-19 Fund

Grants will be awarded within 1 month of submission

The Trust has designated a Special Fund for smaller charities to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to existing and recent grant recipients and to charities working in the areas of homelessness, food supplies, domestic violence, mental health, young people and older people.

Grants of up to £5,000 may be made to cover core costs or to fund operational changes made in response to the crisis.

Fund: Lincolnshire County Council Covid-19 Community

Launched: 13th November 2020

Closing date: N/A This is a rolling program with decisions notified within 4 weeks

The Foundation is working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council to distribute DEFRA funds to local groups, charities and organisations working across Lincolnshire that are combating hardship including economic, social or health impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Eligible groups can apply for up to £5,000 to support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people and successful projects might include those that address: loneliness and isolation, mental health support, financial hardship, digital exclusion, telephone befriending etc. Applicants are able include a request for a contribution towards goods and equipment, digital resources, volunteer costs, counselling support, travel costs staff salaries to name but a few.

We are particularly keen to hear from new and emerging mutual aid groups that came together to help their neighbours during lockdown and continue to offer community support. Advice, support and funding is available to enable transition into a Good Neighbour Scheme. Please get in touch to find out more.

Eligibility: Not for profit community groups, PTAs, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Parish and town councils can also apply, provided the funded activity is not part of their statutory duty. New groups can ask a trusted partner to hold funds, should they be successful. Foundation staff can give advice about these matters if required.

This is a rolling program with decisions notified within 4 weeks. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune or Helen Cater on 01529 305825 or download details from the Grants Page @

Sue Fortune, Foundation CEO says:

“Staff and Trustees at the Lincolnshire Community Foundation remain committed to delivering funding into those communities where residents are in need of help, advice and support. This fund will make a huge difference and ensure people remain safe, well and connected. The process is straight forward and help is available at every stage”.

Further information: contact Sue Fortune or Helen Cater on 01529 305825 or download details from

Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund

Round 2 closes: 31st July 2021

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding may cover running or core costs in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.

Fund: The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Launched: June 2020

Due to the devastating effect COVID-19 is having on many communities and the challenges so many charities are facing the Trust is currently reviewing policies to ensure that grants are targeted in the most effective ways possible.

Applications are invited from registered charities in the UK who support people aged 60 and over. Projects should focus on the many complex issues arising from the pandemic. Priority will be given to those charities working with BAME communities.

Other Information:
Applications invited for 2021/2022.

UK Theatres Grants Scheme – Theatre Reopening Fund

The scheme will run on a rolling basis throughout 2020.
They aim to make decisions on applications within four weeks.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed their small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. The Theatre Reopening Fund will support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support the theatre to be able to open viably and safely.
It will not cover revenue costs.

Works that support a risk-assessed approach to reopening could include:

  • Alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing
  • Changes to ventilation systems
  • Purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations

    Any other equipment and building improvements that support reopening

    Applications for awards up to £5,000 can be made from theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Fund: Sea Farers UK COVID 19 Emergency Fund

Launched: June 2020

Seafarers UK signed up to the London1 Funders’ pledge to support organisations with an existing Seafarers UK grant who are affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The pledge means that if you currently have a grant from Seafarers UK we will consider a degree of flexibility around the agreed terms and conditions. In addition Seafarers UK’s Trustees have released an extra £2m from their reserves to provide grants from a Covid-19 Emergency Fund. This extra funding aims to help organisations and thus seafarers in need to withstand the current crisis. It is a new grant programme that organisations can apply to for reasons directly arising from COVID-19. More information and eligibility criteria is available by following the link below:

Other Information:

Fund: Asda Foundation COVID-19 Grants

Launched: June 2020

Each store has a Community Champion, their role is to support projects within the community and support bringing people together. They manage all applications for Asda Foundation grants. The Asda Foundation do not accept applications direct from community groups.

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams:

Hygiene Grant

This grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support.

We would expect applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Healthy Holiday Grant

This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply (Option 1). If social distancing hasn’t relaxed, we would provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home (Option 2).

To apply for an Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grant, you must fill in an application form.

There are two different application forms, one for groups who are Government Entity organisations and another for groups who are Non-Government Entity. The application forms are available from your local Asda store. Ask for your local Community Champion and ensure you complete the correct form. We cannot accept applications made on the wrong form. Applications will only be accepted through your local store Community Champion. Only 1 grant allowed per group across the entire estate. • Maximum £500 per group. • Maximum £1,125 per store.

Further Information:

Fund: Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme

Launched: May 2020

This is a rolling programme and ip to £10K of funding is available for organisations who rescue and rehome pets or who provide support to enable pets to remain with their owners. They fund projects which have direct impact on animal welfare.
In light of the current pandemic grants will only be considered for vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries, utilities and consumables.

For full information please follow the link below:

Further Information:

Fund: Cadent Foundation

Launched: May 2020

Funding available for COVID-19 related projects of up to £5000 to support local community groups, community Interest Groups (CICs), UK registered charities, not-for-profit organisations responding to the pandemic and delivering for their local communities. These grants will not need a Cadent employee sponsor. They are looking to fund projects that focus on people, environment and communities, with the expectation that most applications will fall within people and communities. They are particularly looking for organisations who a delivering to the most vulnerable in society and are suffering because of the pandemic.

Further Information: Your organisation must have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application.

Fund: The Childs Charitable Trust

Launched: April 2020

The Childs Charitable Trust is a Grant making trust, supporting Christian UK registered charities and organisations. They are keen to support projects that demonstrate a Christian approach. The trustees are aware that the current pandemic is causing financial difficulty for a number of charities and have therefore put together an Emergency Funding Application.

The trustees aim to meet every month to discuss any emergency requests received.

Further Information:

Fund: John Lewis and Waitrose £1m Fund

Launched: April 2020

Teams in each store are working with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund.

Help could include:

  • Setting up additional local delivery services to support self-isolating vulnerable people and those looking after them
  • Delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups
  • Donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Further information:

Fund: Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund

Launched: 10 April 2020

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.

The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. Maximum application is for £10,000 but the focus will be on smaller amounts so that they can support as many organisations as possible.

The fund is open to registered charities who care for the homeless and covers the following areas:

Fund: East Lindsey Councillors’ Community Grant Scheme

Launched: 20 April 2020

ELDC’s Councillors’ Community Grants Scheme 2020/21 is now open.

The Scheme provides grant funding to community projects run by not for profit organisations in East Lindsey. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council is making an additional £1,000 available to each District Councillor to specifically support community resilience projects delivered by not for profit groups in their communities that tackle issues caused by Covid-19 (for example local food banks and support for volunteer expenses).

The existing £1,000 allocation to Councillors can also be used to fund Covid-19 community resilience projects.
In recognition of the emergency faced by communities grant funding for Covid-19 community resilience projects can be funded retrospectively were there is a demonstrable need for this.

Eligible projects should be discussed with the appropriate District Councillor.

All applications are to be made on the electronic application form which can be obtained from your local District Councillor.

Closing date: Covid-19 Community Resilience project: 30 September 2020, standard projects 26 February 2021

Further information: or contact Daisy Fitzgerald on 01507 613442 or email

Fund: LCC Covid-19 Community Fund Scheme

Date Launched: 10 April 2020

Lincolnshire County Council is offering its councillors £3,000 to support initiatives which benefit the community during or after the pandemic.

Lincolnshire charities, voluntary, community or social enterprise groups working hard to support residents impacted by COVID-19 are being encouraged to get in touch with their local county councillor to apply for grant funding of up to £3,000. This would be to help meet running costs and deliver local support to those affected by this public health emergency. This new fund is part of the council’s community response to the emergency, helping community groups who are providing an essential life-line to residents who are self isolating and vulnerable members of the community who can’t leave their homes.

Find your county councillor

Closing Date: TBC

To apply, visit :

Fund: Barclays £100m Covid-19 Community Aid Package

Date Launched: 8 April 2020

Barclays have launched The Barclays Foundation to help deal with the medical and economic crisis caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) and in preparing for the recovery in its aftermath.

It will initially provide a Covid-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by Covid-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. The package is made up of two components.

Component 1 – Charity Partners Programme to help disadvantaged people (those suffering from social and economic deprivation as a consequence of Covid-19), the elderly and vulnerable communities most at risk from Covid-19, and to support NHS staff and other keyworker communities.

Component 2 – Employee Matched Donations Programme for colleagues to select a charity of his or her choice for their donation and matching programme, provided the charity is officially registered, and is engaged in supporting communities impacted by Covid-19.

Closing Date: Ongoing

Further information:

Fund: The National Lottery (Awards for All & Reaching Communities)

Announced: 27 March 2020

All the funding decisions made for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, the cash part of this funding will be accelerated so that they can get money to where it needs to be.
This is not new money, but it will be faster money.

Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from Covid-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of Covid-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19

Further information:

Fund: Lincolnshire Covid-19 Crisis Fund & National Emergencies Trust

Launched: 18 March 2020

Lincolnshire Community Foundation have launched a local appeal and The National Emergencies Trust has also launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship that will be distributed through a number Lincolnshire Community Foundations.

The fund will have three priorities:

1.) To offer aid for the most vulnerable people in our communities: offering practical aid like establishing Good Neighbour Schemes, supporting Food Banks, Community Hubs and equipping the members of our communities to continue to assist one another.

2.) To help local community organisations prepare themselves to appropriately respond and continue their work in a difficult work environment, and to tailor their specialist services to give help to the people who need it most.

3.)To develop advice and support Initiatives to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services.

Further information:

Fund: B & M Foodbank donations

Launched: 20 March 2020

Fund Summary: B&M are donating £1 Million to foodbanks across the country, to help those who are the most vulnerable in the current times. All their 670 stores will be providing a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation so they’re able to purchase much needed essentials.

Link to further information: Email with your foodbank’s details, charity number, address and representative’s contact details.

Health & Wellbeing

The following website links support our agenda to aid in the health and wellbeing of individuals, the sites below offer various levels of information for not only ourselves but also in support of others during the Covid 19 pandemic:  


Covid 19 Advice:

NHS Covid advice and guidance

NHS Covid 19 conditions.

NHS Self Isolation guidance.

Doctors of the World in association with the Red Cross have been translating guidance and audio information in to 60 different languages in relation to COVID-19.  This information is regularly updated but may not always reflect the most immediate guidance, but is amended on an on-going basis to reflect changes as they happen.  You can view all of the individual files here:-

Mental Health:

There are various mental health support websites and those offering advice on stress, anxiety, working from home guidance the following is just a selection:


Staying Active:

The following is just a few examples of activities that are available on line, there is a wide range of choices for those that are new to working out to hint and tips on how to make the best of the indoors and being outside.


Fitness Studio exercise videos on NHS – Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories. These workouts have been created by fitness experts InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.


Joe Wicks, otherwise known as “The Body Coach”, is a British fitness coach, TV presenter and author. His fitness method uses short intense High Intensity Interval Training workouts. The Body Coach TV has a goal to offer free home workouts to everyone, no matter what their fitness levels. Joe Wicks is holding online P.E. from Monday to Friday 9am Live On Youtube.


Active Lincolnshire remain committed to helping people get and stay active.  They have compiled a list of online resources and videos to give you ideas for exercise in and around the house.


Join the Movement is our brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.   Sports England Staying in working out.

The new Psycle London YouTube and Instagram channel provides a good range of strength, barre and yoga-based workouts, including “Glide & Sculpt”, “Yoga Revival 45” and “Fit in 30 (Upper Body)”. Psycle London Instagram.


Try the Peloton App free for 30 days, giving you access to thousands of live and on-demand classes anywhere, anytime, with or without equipment – a diverse selection of indoor cycling, running, walking, bootcamp, strength and outdoor classes.


The TV presenter Davina McCall has made her online fitness platform, Own Your Goals, free to access for 14 days. The Own Your Goals website lets you workout alongside Davina and her favourite trainers with online classes. HIIT, boxing, dance and more are on offer, alongside access to workout plans and nutritionist-approved recipes.


London-based Annie Clarke, who runs online yoga studio The Practice, shares yoga flows, meditation and breathwork practices, and healthy recipes on her YouTube channel.



Healthy eating and food budgeting:

The following are just a couple of sites that look at healthy eating and cooking on a budget:


While many parents are understandably looking to ready meals and processed foods as a quick and low-cost way to feed the family, there are convenient, affordable and healthy alternatives. Here are five ways to help feed your children a varied, nutritious diet that will support their growth and development, all while building healthy eating habits.

Easy affordable healthy eating-tips during coronavirus disease covid 19outbreak


Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.


Children and Young People

The following sites are primarily aimed at children and young adults for mental, personal support and advice.


Young Minds is a site that offers mental health support to children and young adults also offering professionals and parents advice


Supportline offers confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by phone, email and post. They work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self-esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life.


Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, The Mix are here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. They give you the information and support young people need to deal with it all.


The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity. Their vision is a world in which children and their families are supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their life goals.


Kooth is a safe, confidential and anonymous mental health and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through any connected device. Available free at the point of use.


Childrens guide to Corona Virus. written by the Children Commission this guide offer a helpful guide in supporting children understand what Corona Virus is and the implications.



Advice and Guidance:

Legal advice on housing and homelessness from Advice Now.

Turn2us support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus-Sickness Benefits and guidance: Turn2Us.

Domestic abuse and Covid-19  Advice from Safe Lives.

Silent Solution. What to do if you call 999 and are afraid to speak.  (Dial 55)

Distancing with dementia a pop up, interactive website, with ideas, information and tips for people with dementia and their families from the Dementia Change Action Network (DCAN).




The following are a few sites to have a look at different ways to get your creativity going:


Interested in sewing, fashion and style? Check the Stitch Sisters for online sewing classes anywhere, anytime. Learn new skills at your own pace – choose from fast and fun projects or improve your techniques


Visit 500 museums or galleries with Google’s arts and culture collection – virtual tours of 500 top attractions around the world, including national galleries from around the world, individual artist museums, and even the Eiffel Tower


Get Creative, a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations and celebrates. They’re building an actively creative UK catering for people of every age, background and ability; aiming to inspire people to try something new at home and to share their own examples of everyday creativity


Heart & Soul is a creative project led by people with learning disabilities and autism, exploring the value of difference. Heart & Soul is uploading activity packs every fortnight, with audio instructions available. The first focuses on feelings and concerns, the people in your life, and finding structure in the day. They’d love you to share the results.


Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester. They were quick to invite some of Britain’s best-known artists to contribute activities to their “Art is Where the Home is” project. Gillian Wearing, Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger, Idris Khan and others take a refreshingly open approach to family art activities in a downloadable pack.


The Artful Parent – here you can find many varied and free art activities.


Creative Bug offers thousands of craft lessons, from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami taught by top designers and arts.


Algoriddim has developed an app for beginners to learn how to DJ, which provides everything you need to get started with DJing.


Bread Ahead bakery and baking school located in Borough Market, London is hosting live home baking at 2pm daily on Instagram.



Love to sing? Join Storyhouse’s Quarantine Karaoke – don’t worry; nobody will be able to hear you but you! Quarantine Karaoke is every Wednesday at 7pm. Their web page will be updated with the Zoom link and lyrics each Wednesday morning.


Learn something new via Coursera. Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.


Dan Snow’s History Hit is the UK’s most successful history podcast. Dan travels the length and breadth of the country to keep up to date on our history – ad-free on History Hit TV.


Take the opportunity to try cooking together as a family with Jamie Oliver.


Scholastic Learn at Home provides day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.


Join Youtubers Natasha Lamb and Kelly-Ann for a brand new series teaching beginners British Sign Language (BSL).


Tynker is the #1 Kids Coding Platform, where millions learn to code. Learn to code and mod Minecraft with Tynker’s easy-to-learn, visual programming courses.


Siemen’s DIY Science Challenges shows you how to conduct at-home science experiments using common items found in kitchen cupboards. n/students/diy-videos.html


Duolingo is provides a language-learning website and mobile app, as well as a digital language-proficiency assessment exam. Join 300 million learners and learn a new language.


Learn how to use the internet. A great resource for people with no/low digital skills, from Learn My Way

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For general enquiries please call (01205) 510888 or email

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