This page is regularly being updated as Government measures change.

Nova’s update on Covid-19

Following the increased measures for Covid-19 which were announced by the government, Nova has now had to put further measures in place.

The Nova office is now shut and all staff are working from home.

You can still call the Nova office number, this is being redirected to a work mobile, so we can still take calls. If you require a certain member of staff who is working from home you can request their mobile/personal number – it is up to the staff member’s discretion to give you their personal number.

Please be assured that all Nova staff and board members are working hard on the response to Covid-19.

Nova's Letter to MPs

Mike Holt, Chair of the Nova Board, has written to MPs urging them (if they haven't done so already) to sign a letter to the Chancellor asking for clarity and meaningful financial support for charities and voluntary organisations. The letter can be viewed here (Word).

For your organisation

NCVO has published information, which can be accessed here to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The article includes:

  • What to do to protect staff, volunteers and visitors
  • How to prevent spread
  • How to deal with events
  • How to support beneficiaries and service users
  • Employee sick leave
  • Financial implications

NCVO will keep this information up to date, please look through and keep up to date with the information being shared, and put into practice what is necessary.

Also, during the current uncertainty surrounding the spread of coronavirus, charities are urged to check the most up to date advice from Public Health England.

NCVO has also published guidance on supporting charities and volunteers during coronavirus, which can be read here. This includes information on:

  • What it means for voluntary organisations and volunteers
  • Lobbying government for support to charities
  • Support coordination of volunteering

NAVCA’s response to Covid-19

NAVCA has published a blog post which includes an update on what NAVCA and its Members are doing in response to Covid-19. The update can be viewed here. NAVCA has stated that there will be a key role for the voluntary sector nationally and locally to step up volunteer activity, to support the NHS and to provide additional services to vulnerable people in self-isolation.

Home care provision and Covid-19

The government has published information on covid-19 and home care provision, which can be accessed here. The guidance is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers, who support and deliver care to people in their own homes, including community health services.

The guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19.

Managing your Mental Health during the Covid-19 outbreak

The Mental Health Foundation has published tips to help you, your family, friends and colleagues to look after your mental health at a worrying time when there are threats to people’s physical health. These tips can be found here.

The World Health Organisation has also published leaflets that aim to help with coping with stress during the outbreak. The leaflets can be viewed here and can be printed or shared online.

Civil Society: what charities need to know

The Civil Society has published news, analysis and advice about the coronavirus for charities and social enterprises. The page is being regularly updated, and can be accessed here.