Charities offered fresh advice on roadmap around the easing of lockdown

Guidance for charities on how to run services and manage volunteers has been updated as the Government’s roadmap for easing Covid-19 lockdown begins this week.

The roadmap was unveilved earlier this year and aims to lift England out of lockdown gradually in stages.

This includes reopening of schools this week, gradually allowing groups to meet indoors and then possibly removing all limits on social contact in June.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has updated its Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (Covid-19) to include links to the government’s Roadmap plans.

Previous updates this year have included guidance on volunteers who are eligible for vaccines and political campaigning.

Meanwhile, youth organisations have been handed specific advice on how they can run services to support young people over the coming months.

This has been made available by the National Youth Agency in its latest Covid-19 Guidance document, which is available online. This lays out how each planned stage of the roadmap impacts on service delivery.

To accompany the guidance’s release NYA chief executive Leight Middleton has presented a webinar on each proposed stage.

This includes details of how from this week charities working in the youth sector can support groups for young people indoors and outdoors if their parents need to go to work, they are being home educated or are in need of training and exam support.

From the end of March, if further health tests are passed related to the pandemic, then open to all youth groups for up to 15 young people outdoors are allowed. Trips and visits are also allowed from this date, however camping and international travel are still banned.

The final stage not before the 21 June, could see international travel to deliver youth services permitted. But restrictions on group sizes could still be required at this stage.

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