Useful resources

This page lists useful resources and information for VCSE organisations during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

Please note that although this page is updated regularly, the information contained may not be fully up to date. If you are aware of information that you think would be useful for this page, please email Viki Lee at GMCVO.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have developed a Covid-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources hub. Grouped by topics, it includes information and lists services and providers available for those experiencing difficulties. Access the hub here

Two leaflets have been produced by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to signpost adults and young people to mental health services across GM. The leaflet for adults can be downloaded and viewed here whilst the leaflet for children and young people can be viewed here. If you required printed copies, please contact

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have produced a range of resources for Children & Young People who are starting or returning to School & College to address issues and concerns about returning to school or college.

Aimed at young people and parents, the packs are  a mixture of information leaflets, short films, advice and guidance, signposting to social prescribing activities etc. There are three packs: primary, secondary and further education  - all packs include SEND specific materials where available. 

They will be updated on a regular basis so please do not download local copies. If you know of any useful resources that should be included please send them to

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care partnership have launched a GM wide Bereavement service that is available to anyone within Greater Manchester, bereaved or affected by a death. 

The Greater Manchester Cancer team have have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to share resources that may be of benefit during this time to health care professionals specific to COVID-19 and cancer.

The UK Government have released new guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

Charity Digital have a Covid-19 Resource Hub which includes list of tech vendors who are making their services available free or discounted. Visit the web page here.

Lightful have put together a list of useful free resources, mainly around digital communiations and fundraising during this challenging time. View the list here.

Unlimited Potential have put together a guide for positive framing of messaging and communications during the COVID-19 situation. The guide is designed for mission-driven organisations. All feedback is welcome as the guide can be refined and updated as events and learning develops. View the guide here.

Charity Bank have a resource hub for charities and social enterprises here.

Locality have an information and support hub for community organisations here.

SignHealth (the Deaf Health Charity) have translated key information around Coronavirus from Public Health England and Department of Health and Social Care.  Find out more.

Signhealth have also produced some posters and leaflets with some simple key messages on protecting communities from coronavirus which are available in multiple languages including: Portuguese, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Polish and French. Download here.

Signhealth, are also producing daily videos with updates on key guidance. Their update from 31st July includes details of the Greater Manchester local lockdown.

Public Health England have produced Stay at Home messaging in large print, audio and BSL. Download here.

Salford CVS have a page of useful useful resources to get service users who are digitally excluded online here

The National Autistic Society have resources on information and resources on Covid 19 for autistic people and their families here

GatewayC have produced a list of cancer charity support lines for patients concerned how coronavirus may affect their cancer care here.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have a summary of insights from recent analysis which will be kept up to date. View the round up here.

The Kings Fund have launched a resource portal for health and care leaders (including those in the voluntary sector) . 'Leading through Covid-19' can be found here.

Signheath have daily updates and public health information about Coronavirus in sign language here.

Ambition for Ageing have published a brief review on the use of information and communication technologies to support social connections for older people. Read more here.

They have also published a review of alternatives to cash during Covid-19 which can be found here.

Disability Rights UK have issued a statement on Covid 19 and the rights of disabled people. To read it, click here.

Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed a guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency. Click here to view.

Charity Tax Group have a Coronavirus information hub for charity tax and finance professionals here.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have a Covid-19 Funding and Resources hub here.

Charity Comms have resources for charity communicators at this time here.

Homeless Link have information and resources to help homelessness services stay up to date during the COvid-19 emergency here.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have published two useful guides, one aimed at aimed at professionals and organisations who are involved in supporting and safeguarding adults and children suffering from domestic violence and abuse and the other for practitioners working to safeguard children and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings. 

LGBT Foundation have produced The Essential Briefing on the Impact of COVID-19 on LGBT Communities in the UK  as well as guidance to healthcare professionals in relation to LGBT Communities. 

The Growth Company has developed a range of coronavirus resources available via the GC Business Growth Hub and developed the #HereForBusiness and Employ GM campaigns. Many VCSE organisations will be eligible for support and all can access the published resources.

Keep Safe have a range of up-to-date printable easy-read posters here.

The Charity Retail Association have published a charity shop reopening pack, incorporating current government guidance here.

Bates Wells Crisis Decision Tool - if your organisation is facing financial difficulties and you’re looking for guidance on the options available, this tool can help. Your charity, social enterprise, or not-for-profit may be thinking about options like collaboration, merger, cost-saving measures, income generation and more.

To find out what could work best for you, simply complete the questions on the tool (high-level answers will be fine). Bates Wells will provide you with a tailored guide, signposting to a range of options that should  be relevant to your organisation.

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