The voluntary sector body’s Knowhow resources and training is now free to improve charities’ access to online help during the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has made its suite of online charity resources free for all charities, to offer them extra support during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The organisation has removed all paywalls on its Knowhow website, which offers online training as well as resources around issues such as governance.
A key factor is to improve accessibility for charity workers, who are home working and in need of further online support.
“This means that all of our online content is now free to all to use,” said NCVO chief executive Karl Wilding.
“So, whether it’s information about governance or online training for staff who are working from home unable to do their jobs, we hope this will provide that little bit of extra support.”
The knowhow website’s online resources are usually restricted to NCVO members. It includes a StudyZone training section, covering issues such as trustees roles and responsibilities, volunteer management and events.
Online case studies of good practice are also available in areas such as marketing, peer support for volunteers, recruiting student volunteers and collaborative working. A case study, showing how young people’s helpline Get Connected has used digital to expand its services, is also included.
The NCVO is also providing specific advice and information online around coronavirus to help charities plan and have access to up to date advice.
“We are updating this page daily with the latest government advice and what this means for voluntary organisations, as well as signposting to useful information from other organisation,” said Wilding.
A series of NCVO webinars to provide further support are also taking place.
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The NCVO is among leading charity sector bodies calling for firm government action and funding to support voluntary organisations cope with a substantial drop in funding and increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is estimated that the outbreak will cost the sector at least £4.3bn in lost income over the next 12 weeks.