A helpful list of resources, opportunities, articles and online communities to help you and your business get through these challenging times.Updated: 13th April 2021
Adjusting your business model in response to Covid-19 including moving your business online
Spark and Co – a platform to find resources, support and information that can help you navigate the Covid-19 crisis.
SSE- Free webinar series to help you navigate next steps from the Covid-19 crisis.
Natwest – Business Builder is a digital tool designed to give you the right support, at the right time for you and your business.
Supply Change x Hatch – This webinar focuses on moving your business and services online, offering advice and guidance to help navigate the impact of the crisis and make the most of the online tools available to help. Guest Speakers: Dirk Bischof, CEO Hatch Enterprise & Rosy Banham, Coordinator InCommon.
Ugenie x Hatch: Power of the pivot: how to adapt your business model in time of crisis – We spoke to Susan Kabani, founder of Ugenie to talk about pivoting business models.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) – an overview of some key principles behind digital service delivery.
Eventbrite – how to host an online event or webinar that live attendees will love.
Charity Digital – a guide on how to turn events into virtual events.
Third Sector Lab – Covid-19: Digital service delivery for charities – Zoom recording 20 March 2020
Where to find and how to access emergency funding from the government, funders and other opportunities.
The latest UK Government Response on the financial support available for businesses.
Edge Fund – A useful list of sources of funding for charities or social enterprises
Nesta –The Resilience Fund is the Mayor of London’s £1 million challenge fund to incentivise innovators to address socially impactful issues facing London, help us emerge stronger from COVID-19 and ensure the capital is prepared for future disruptive challenges.
Nike Black Community Commitment London – They are providing support organisations that are dedicated to creating lasting change for the Black community in London. Grants from £5,000 to £20,000 are available for non-profit organisations with plans to support projects for up to 12 months in any borough in London.
Good Finance – Fund map: list of social investors and advisers
London Business Hub – A list of grants for businesses impacted by coronavirus restrictions.
Field Guide to Relationship-Based Fundraising – The Guide is an extremely accessible fundraising toolkit designed for non-profits of all sizes and experience levels. It provides a set of activities, case studies, tools and best practice templates to help organisations build strong relationships with high-value audiences such as Trusts and Foundations, Governments, Multilaterals, Corporates, and Individuals
The Smallwood Trust- grants available to organisations in England that support women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two funding streams available – one for organisations with a turnover of less than £250,000 and one for organisations with a turnover of £250k – £1million.
School for Social Entrepreneurs – Managing Cash in a Crisis.
School for Social Entrepreneurs – How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign.
UnLtd – Advice on how to apply for emergency funding
Coronavirus Funding Opportunities – A spreadsheet of funders.
Grants Online – a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.
Crowdfunder – removed all fees for setting up campaigns on their platform.
Fundraising Regulator – advice on your fundraising activities.
The Digital Fundraising Book – a great book about how to make way for digital fundraising.
Know How – information on what you need to do to prepare for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity’s or voluntary organisation’s operations and finances.
Project Everywhere -The Global Virtual Summit Supporting Charities Through COVID-19. Five hours, two streams, and an additional resource library to provide the practical tools for fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SEUK – Financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic
Guides, webinars and support for HR and legal issues like furloughing, remote work policies, data protection, health and safety and more.
Charitysetup – This guide will steer you through the logistics of setting up a charity in simple steps.
qlegal – free legal advice, workshops and resources to tech start-up companies and entrepreneurs. They provide resources which cover a wide variety of topics, including: confidentiality; various subjects related to intellectual property; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); patent protection; trade marks; an overview of company structures in the UK; and guidance for kickstarting a business in the UK.
gbac – Covid-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Amendments.
Crowdsourced – Coronavirus HR Comms and Resources Guide.
Seed Legals – Coronavirus Work From Home Policy: Create your custom policy now for free.
Acas – advice for employers and employees.
Acas -Example letters, forms, policies and HR documents for employers and HR managers to download and adapt for their own workplace.
Charlie HR – guidance for anyone who employs others who need to understand sick pay obligations and how to manage and support your team during this time.
CIPD – a webinar looking at the law behind the new furlough leave and hear how it has been implemented by other organisations.
Raffingers – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Guidance – understanding the Furlough scheme.
Tools and resources you can use to support your team working remotely.
Notion – Organise your team in one workspace.
Remote Starter Kit – some mighty-fine tools that will help you to power your team’s virtual collaboration and happiness.
Slack – Non-profit organisations of any size are eligible to receive 3 months of Slack’s Standard or Plus subscription free of charge.
Superhighways– 5 top tips for making best use of accessibility options in Office 365
Communities of entrepreneurs where you can connect with other business owners.
Hatch Enterprise – our Female Founders Whatsapp Group.
Digital Candle – prioritising support and assistance for charities looking for urgent help to ensure business continuity (remote working, tools to support their communities).
Social Enterprise and Social Good – a group for people passionate about responsible business and social value being at the heart of things. People over profit.
Tools and opportunities to up-skill yourself and help you grow your business.
Discoverylane – this document is designed to help you navigate what opportunities might meet your needs and amplify your social impact.
Amazon Small Business Accelerator – a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one.
Google Skillshop – Develop skills you can apply right away, with e-learning courses designed by Google product experts. Learn at your own pace and get Google product certified.
Acumen Academy: The World’s School for Social Change – They are offering free courses from social impact analysis to Human Centred design.
Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation – This free 6 week course is for anyone who wants to make a difference. The course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.
Resources to help you manage your own wellbeing and take care of your most vital asset – yourself and your team!
A community interest company that offers mentoring. Their sessions are 1:1, to listen and understand your concerns and needs. There may be some learning element which helps you gain new insights. With the learning, you decide what needs to happen to that is useful or helpful to you.
Talk for Health
A social enterprise that demystifies effective therapeutic talk, making it accessible to all. People get plenty of time to reflect on and share about their lives and struggles, and they learn how to respond to each other using peer counselling.
ABC Life Support – A Social Enterprise company delivering physical and mental health first aid training for all ages to individuals and organisations across the UK.
The Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Network – Home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK
Frontline Therapist – Affordable and accessible counselling service for individuals who struggle to access culturally sensitive counselling and who may not be able to access counselling due to cost.
Feed Me Life Skills – a free online 8 week programme to teach individuals all about healthy eating for BAME and low income communities, providing knowledge on food, nutrition and sustainable practices. As well this, Feed Me Good will be supporting those who are seeking employment with CV clinic sessions, focusing on developing employability skills including how best to prepare for an interview, what to expect from an interview and what happens after the interview has taken place.
Journify – Every morning track your sleep, motivation, and energy, and use the burnout test to keep your stress in check.
Supply Yoga – Our Impact fellow Abi is an advocate for whole community wellness and has started a social purpose subscription service offering inclusive, affordable yoga classes that transcend barriers to access.
School for Social Entrepreneurs – This webinar will help you understand the signs of stress and burnout before it’s too late.
Unload your messy thoughts and to dos into Bullet and allow your mind to focus on what’s important.
BBC – Coronavirus: How to Protect your Mental Health
Amanda Appiagyei – some great practical ideas about how to take care of yourself and your business in times of uncertainty.
Calm – the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation, with over 50 million downloads is offering free access to its library
Dare Bee – Free no-equipment visual workouts, fitness programs and challenges, training and running tips, recipes and nutrition advice.
Hyper Allergic – Museums may be closed, but there are now 2,500 around the world that you can visit virtually.
The FORWARD Programme
This is an exciting new initiative in partnership with Foundervine and Westminster Foundation. We understand that young people are facing more challenges in the current job market. This unique opportunity will give young people aged between 18 – 25 the chance to explore local training opportunities and gain skills to help them secure meaningful employment, whilst also being supported by a mentor through their journey.
Feeding The City: Accelerate
Impact Hub are supporting sustainable and ethical food businesses that are ready to scale their operations and grow their impact. The programme brings together thought leaders in food sustainability, large-scale buyers, enterprise support providers and investors with the shared goal of supporting social or environmental impact-driven food enterprises with B2B revenue streams to grow and flourish.
A collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by other ventures.
Coronavirus Social Enterprise Handbook – This is a crowdsourced collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by ventures from the Year Here network (Jake from Kitchenette Karts and Aoise from Supply Change). This guide is updated regularly by their community.
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