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.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have produced a number of resources to support peoples mental health at this time:

  • Leaflets for adults and young people with details of mental health support available. If you require printed copies, please contact

  • Wellbeing and Mental Health during Covid-19 guide can be found here.

  • Mental Health Wellbeing and Support Guide for all frontline staff and keyworkers can be found here

  • A bereavement service that is available to anyone within Greater Manchester who has been bereaved or affected by a death. More details can be found here.

Virtual College have a number of free courses/resources around mental health and wellbeing, and infection control:


The Government has launched the SHARE checklist to tackle the spread of false information about coronavirus and vaccinations.  

For information on vaccination safety, please see the NHS guide on Why vaccination is safe and important.  
The independent fact-checker Full Fact is also working to fact check and correct misinformation about vaccines and coronavirus and regularly updates its website to tackle the latest false information. 

How to access your NHS Covid Pass if you are double vaccinated
If you are double vaccinated against Covid-19 you can use the NHS Covid Pass from 16 August to:
      •    Avoid self-isolation if you have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19
      •    Travel to amber list countries with no quarantine on your return
Find out more here NHS COVID Pass
Watch a YouTube video on the NHS COVID Pass for use at venues and events in England
Accessible information on how to access your NHS Covid passes
Translated versions – Read translated versions about what the NHS COVID Pass letter tells you
Easy read – An easy-read guide about what the NHS COVID Pass letter tells you
Braille and large print – You can get a Braille or large print version of the NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS website or by calling 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’)
Audio format – You can get an audio version of the NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS website or by calling 119. Your letter and the audio file on a CD will be sent directly to you. It should arrive within 7 working days.
British Sign Language (BSL) – YouTube BSL guide for NHS COVID-19 post-vaccination letter 


Macmillan has published on their website some answers to the most common questions about the Coronavirus vaccine for people with cancer. Follow this link for more information

The British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists have creatsed a document in response to questions asked that patients have been asking about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. Follow this link to access this document

Digital / Communications

Charity Digital have a Covid-19 Resource Hub to help charities and non-profits move their activities online/virtually. 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.

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.

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

Charity Comms have a hub of resources for charity communicators during the pandemic here.


SignHealth (the Deaf Health Charity) have translated key information around Coronavirus from Public Health England and Department of Health and Social Care in British Sign Language here.

Public Health England have produced Stay at Home messaging in large print, easy read, audio and British Sign Language here.

They have also produced a range of easy-read leaflets on the Covid-19 vaccine here.

NHS England have produced a series of Easy Read videos on Covid-19 and the vaccine here and here.

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

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

Manchester People First have produced a video about the vaccination programme made by and for people with learning disabilities. Watch it here.

Manchester City Council have produced information and guidance about Test and Trace in British Sign Language here.

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

Other Resources

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

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

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.

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

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. Access the web page here.

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

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

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have published two useful guides:

  • one aimed at professionals and organisations who are involved in supporting and safeguarding adults and children suffering from domestic violence and abuse here.

  • 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 here.

LGBT Foundation have a Coronavirus Hub to support LGBT communities during the pandemic. Access it here.

The Growth Company has developed a range of coronavirus resources available via the GC Business Growth Hub. Many VCSE organisations will be eligible for support and all can access the published resources which can be found here.

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

Bates Wells have developed a 'Crisis Decision Tool', a free tool which provides a tailored guide to the options and resources available for organisations facing financial difficulties. Access the tool here.

Equally Yours (previously the Equality and Diversity Forum) have launched an information hub for policy-makers and the voluntary sector on Covid-19, equality and human rights. View it here

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