Coronavirus COVID - 19

UPDATED 19.07.2021

We are all facing an unprecedented period of difficulty and disruption caused by the current coronavirus crisis. As the situation changes we want you to know that we are here. Our teams across the UK are working hard to provide help and support.

You can check the latest government guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus which links to the current advice in different areas of the UK. 

Free Webinars on COVID -19 issues

In May 2020, Social Farms & Gardens launched a series of online webinars designed to help members tackle the most pressing concerns arising from this crisis, and to share best practice and inspiration from around the country.These COVID 19 specific webinars have now finished, however you can view all of the video recordings by clicking on the link above.

We also are now running free Monthly Social Farms & Gardens webinars for members on a variety of issues and topics.

free_webinars_sfg.jpg

Key links, resources and support

This page contains the latest guidance, links, resources and expert advice, covering the following topics:

  • HR and Operational advice
  • Policy writing
  • Health and safety
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Financial support and information
  • Funding to help with the impact of COVID-19
  • Farming specific advice and support
  • Gardening/growing specific advice and support

 


Country specific advice

England

For our members in England seeking support and guidance around any issues related to Covid -19, we recommend you visit the following websites:

Government advice for England including information on volunteering

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Scotland

If you are in Scotland and seeking support and guidance around any issues related to Covid -19 then we recommend referring to this resource by The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations:

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

It contains information on emergency funding, supporting volunteers, moving your support online and HR, to postponing your AGM and much more. 

If there is anything not covered in this that you seek support with or even if you would just like some like bespoke gardening support, whether you are growing in a glass jar on your windowsill or a small patch of ground - the Scotland team are here and happy to help you. Please email scotland@farmgarden.org.uk

The Scottish Govenrment has now released its advice on access to allotments. The advice can be viewed by clicking on the links below. Essentially what it says is that it is a decision for Local Authorities and other allotment owners whether an allotment site remains accessible. It also reminds readers of the necessity for social distancing etc.

Scottish Government advice on allotments and community growing sites

Scottish Government latest information

Wales

This page on the Welsh Government website is the best place to find the latest information from the political perspective.

Welsh Government latest information

The WCVA (Welsh Council for Voluntary Associations) are providing daily updates more relevant and specific to our sector. To view this, register for their free mailchimp newsletter.

Welsh Council for Voluntary Associations

Northern Ireland - click here to find out more

The NICVA have created a dedicated Covid -19 hub page on their website below for all Covid-19 information and updates. 

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

Support Us

We need your support to help transform land and lives. Find out more and help us thrive!