Networks and Peer Support

Manchester Cares

This is a collection of material that grantholders may find useful in responding to the current crisis. As far as possible these are sourced from reputable, recognised VCS organisations, but inclusion on this list does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the National Lottery Community Fund.

  • Covid-19 Charity Preparedness Facebook Group: A group to discuss and share contingency plans, tips and best practice and requests for advice for charities in relation to charity fundraising, operations or service delivery. The group is global and allows posts to be tagged where they have a specific country focus.
  • Directors and Heads Of Fundraising Facebook group
  • Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK: a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid across the UK. Focused on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
  • The Viral Kindness Scotland project: aims to assist those in need, connect people across Scotland, and build an army of volunteers.
  • SCVO Digital Slack Community: To share ideas on how to reach those in Scotland who are isolated and have no digital skills. Email to join.

Resources for Charities

Free/Pro Bono Support

Alcohol/ Substance Use

Benefits, Debt and Money

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) People


Children and Young People


  • CharityComms: Charity communicator coronavirus resources. Links to tips and resources for coping with coronavirus and changing ways of working.
  • Third Sector PR & Comms Facebook group. Group for people working in Comms, PR or Marketing in the Third Sector with a dedicated thread to post about support needs around Coronavirus.
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR): #CIPRLearn webinars a new weekly series aimed at advising public relations professionals on managing their work during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Community Centres and Village Halls

Community Transport

Criminal Justice

Data Protection and GDPR

Digital Services

Disabled People

Domestic Abuse

Easing lockdown: Returning to face-to-face support and re-opening offices and venues.






Loneliness and Social Isolation

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Multiple Disadvantage

Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants

Research and Evaluation

Supporting Staff Wellbeing


We’re making sense of what we’re seeing and hearing from our grantholders at pace, so there’ll be things we’ve missed, haven’t noticed yet or, perhaps, misinterpreted.

We welcome comments or challenge, so that we can continuously improve and develop, and make this work practical and useful.

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This page was last updated: 25 September 2020