Public fundraising returns today as lockdown eases

Charities can from today (April 12) resume their public fundraising activities as part of the next step of the government’s roadmap for easing Covid-19 lockdown.

Door-to-door, street and fundraising on private sites can continue in line with social distancing restrictions.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that the move “will act as an important income stream” for charities amid the health crisis.

Civil society minister Baroness Barran praised the work of charities for supporting vulnerable people amid the pandemic, as she announced the resumption of public fundraising.

“Our charities have played an invaluable role in the national effort against coronavirus. From supporting those suffering with poor mental health, to providing activities for young people and tackling loneliness, they have responded to the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable people and continue to relieve the pressure on our NHS,” she said.

“As we move out of lockdown and public fundraising is permitted from next week, it’s important to remember that many people still rely on the vital work our charities do.

“I’d like to thank the public for their continued generosity in supporting charitable causes both with time and donations.”

Updated guidance

Today the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF) has published updated guidance to help charities resume fundraising amid the crisis.

“Fundraising organisations are strongly advised to review and follow this updated guidance when planning their public fundraising activities,” said Fundraising Regulator chair Lord Toby Harris.

“It is important that public fundraising activities should only take place once a thorough risk assessment has been carried out, so that the safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and members of the public are protected.”

Meanwhile, charity shops can also reopen as non-essential retail is also given the green light to open their doors.

The Charity Retail Association has produced fresh guidance for the voluntary sector on operating safely during the pandemic.

This includes updated guidance on issues such as ventilation, social distancing advice and legal duties.

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