COVID-19: Information and guidance sector organisations

In support of our community, we will keep this section up-to-date with all news, guidance and advice pertinent to our sector concerning the Coronavirus. 

Below we will keep all the latest news and updates, the menu to the left will all hold essential information, resources and guidance. 

 [LIVE] Confirmed Cases Tracker (Desktop Version)  

News, Updates and Announcements


Downloadable guidelines for volunteers

Volunteers Guide - Picking Up Perscriptions [Word Doc]

Volunteers Guide - Shopping and what you should know [Word Doc]


Added - 27th March


Coronavirus Advice Booklet (For Individuals) 

Cheshire East Council's Coronavirus Advice Booklet can be downloaded here.

Added - 26th March

Extension of first aid qualifications due for renewal

The HSE has announced that they will be offering a three-month extension to the validity of the following qualifications if learners are unable to renew due to COVID-19 and associated government advice:

  • First Aid at Work  
  • Emergency First Aid at Work  
  • Paediatric First Aid  
  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid  

This means that individuals who may be covering first aid within a workplace holding any of the qualifications stated above can continue their role as first aiders for up to three months following the expiry date stated on their qualification certificate.

This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020. The HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.  

Added - 26th March

Filing charity annual returns during the coronavirus pandemic

Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one. Full details.

Added - 26th March


Upcoming Online Seminars from Charity Digital

How digital can help you manage the impact of Coronavirus 09 APR 2020 13:00 - ONLINE
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected our lives in many different ways, from how we commute and travel to how we connect and socialise with our friends and peers.

The tools and technology that can make your charity accessible 23 APR 2020 13:00 - ONLINE
Accessibility has gone from being an afterthought at best to an often spoken about subject at conferences, water coolers and now video calls throughout the charity sector.

Added - 26th March


Key coronavirus legal issues for charities explained

NCVO held a webinar with the experts from Bates Wells solicitors which you can watch on demand. It's full of great advice on things like contracts, finances and the new furlough scheme.

You can register to watch here.

Added - 26th March

Local COVID-19 Facebook Support Groups

Listed here are local Cheshire East Facebook COVID-19 Support Groups. 

Alsager Coronavirus Support

Congleton Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Support Group

Holmes Chapel Coronavirus (COVID 19) Community Support Group

Isolation Help Group for Wistaston, Shavington, Willaston, Crewe & Nantwich

KNUTSFORD COVID-19 Practical Support Group

Macclesfield Coronavirus Support Group

Sandbach Coronavirus Support

Added - 26th March

CVS DBS Check Support

CVS is able to support with carrying out DBS checks for individuals that are volunteering and supporting their community in response to COVID.  

Added 26th March

Coronavirus (Covid-19) help for Business Rates customers

The Chancellor announced new measures in the budget to help businesses minimise the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small Business Grant Funding – up to £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief 

•        This will be managed through Cheshire East Council - you will not need to apply for the small business grants. Eligible businesses will be identified through the business rates system and will receive the grants once funds are available

•        Register your organisations bank details on the Cheshire East Website

•       This includes mandatory  charity rate relief

Added - 26th March

COVID 19 Response Volunteer Support

Volunteer support guidance in responce to COVID-19 added to the CVS website. CVS Cheshire East is here to support you if you are organising some sort of community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Added - 26th March

Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know

The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We know you might need to share information quickly or adapt the way you work. Data protection will not stop you doing that. It’s about being proportionate - if something feels excessive from the public’s point of view, then it probably is. And the ICO is here to help – please see below for answers to the questions we’re being asked. If you need more help, call us on 0303 123 1113.

Added - 26th March

Government launches WhatsApp service for Coronavirus Information

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services. This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. 

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

Added - 26th March

Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines

Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Added - 26th March


Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway. You can register yourself, or for someone else.

Added - 26th March

Short Responce Survey

The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a concern for all of us and the UK Chief Medical Officers have recently increased the risk from low to moderate in terms of planning for all eventualities for the wider public (the risk to individuals is still low). The government has announced that we are moving out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

This information is to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of this virus.  We will aim to keep this updated as more information comes out on the ways we can manage the spread of the virus.

Please share with us what your response to the challenges and are what further support you would like from CVS in our short survey