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COVID-19 Events

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We are launching a series of online policy breakfasts, covering a variety of topics and issues relevant to the current situation. We want to bring the sector together to share learning, insights and best practice.

Forthcoming events

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to change how we work. Many organisations have adjusted activities to be able to serve communities in the most effective way.

During these challenging times, The National Lottery Community Fund wants to assure charities and community organisations that we're here to support them.

The gatherings we're holding will be led by our experts in these fields and will provide a space for all of us to think about the smaller and larger questions that are facing the sector now and after the pandemic. This will ensure we're listening and learning from our communities.

We want to give organisations and groups the opportunity to talk to each other about relevant topics and to discuss the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19.

2 Nov, 2-2:45pm: Report launch - a vision into community powered tech

Glimmers Agency alongside The National Lottery Community Fund has been real-time investigating the relationship between civil society and technology in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community groups and charities have endlessly innovated and adapted during the crisis and shown the potential to shape better digital social infrastructure for everyone.

Join Phoebe Tickell, Digital Portfolio Officer, and the authors of the report to explore the research that has been undertaken during lockdown and discuss the highlights from the report, including one of the findings that there is the need for an interim recovery period for the sector.

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Glimmers have also created a toolkit to help teams and organisations reflect on their rapid transformation in the digital world, look ahead, and set new KPIs, which can be accessed here:

17 Nov, 9.30 – 11.00: Lock down loneliness and the voluntary and charity sector’s response

Join the National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers on Tuesday 17 November from 9.30 – 11.00 to discuss the impact lockdown has had on loneliness and how the voluntary and community sector responded to it. We will be sharing learning and ways of working learnt from communities in the first lockdown, to help communities as we continue and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sophy Proctor, Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, will chair the conversation and facilitate a Q&A so you can put your questions directly to our panel. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen loneliness affect communities in different ways, with those who would not ordinarily be at risk of prolonged loneliness experiencing it during lockdown. With the country on the cusp of a second wave of the virus and more areas entering into local lockdown, it is important we share our learning and discuss how the sector can continue to play a vital role in reaching and supporting our communities.

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18 Nov, 10.00 – 11.15: COVID-19 and the impact on the disabled community

Join The National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers as we discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on disabled communities. We will also be sharing research from our recently commissioned report ‘Towards Equity’ on how funders can support and include disabled communities.

Chaired by Hannah Paterson, Senior Portfolio Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund, we will be hearing from disabled organisations about their experiences of the pandemic, how they worked in their communities through lockdown and how other organisations and funders can work to better support disabled organisations. Our panel will include voices from a variety of organisations from across the UK to help provide a broad range of insights and lived experience. You will also have an opportunity to directly put your questions to our panel.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the challenges faced by the disabled community and has seen new ways of working and partnership in response. It is important we learn the lessons from the pandemic, ensure funding is accessible and the voices of disabled communities are heard and supported.

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26 Nov, 9.30 - 11.00: How the charity and voluntary sector supported the homelessness community through the COVID-19 pandemic

Covid-19 led all governments across the UK to introduce a multitude of measures to protect rough sleepers and find them temporary accommodation where they could self-isolate. By working together, working differently, and working to a tight deadline, authorities and charities provided shelter and safety for thousands.

Now that we know it’s possible to achieve such significant progress in just a few weeks, there are new challenges to face. One of them is to look back at what was different about the way people were supported during the pandemic and find ways to build on and sustain these approaches. Continuing the collaborative approach that’s been adopted during the crisis is vital and include people with lived experience in this is critical for future successes.

Join Laura Furness, Head of Funding for The National Lottery Community Fund as she leads a panel discussion on how the voluntary and charity sector supported people who were homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic and what learning has come out of this to make these people’s lives better. You will have the opportunity to put questions to the panel and hear their thoughts on what we need to do differently in the future.

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Please note: we are using Livestorm to register attendees onto our webinar. If you are happy to register this way it will require you to accept Livestorm's Terms of Service.

These sessions are likely to be oversubscribed, so we ask that only one person per organisation registers for each event.