National Lottery Community Fund – upcoming events

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to change how we work. Many organisations have adjusted activities to be able to serve communities in the most effective way.

During these challenging times, The National Lottery Community Fund wants to assure charities and community organisations that they’re here to support them.

The gatherings they’re holding will be led by experts in these fields and will provide a space for all of us to think about the smaller and larger questions that are facing the sector now and after the pandemic. This will ensure they’re listening and learning from our communities.

They want to give organisations and groups the opportunity to talk to each other about relevant topics and to discuss the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19.

The National Lottery Community Fund are launching a series of online events, covering a variety of topics and issues relevant to the current situation. They want to bring the sector together to share learning, insights and best practise.

17th November 9:30-11:00: Lockdown loneliness and the voluntary and charity sector’s response

Join the National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers to discuss the impact lockdown has had on loneliness and how the voluntary and community sector responded to it. They will be sharing learning and ways of working learnt from communities in the first lockdown, to help communities as we continue and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sophy Proctor, Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, will chair the conversation and facilitate a Q&A so you can put your questions directly to the panel. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen loneliness affect communities in different ways, with those who would not ordinarily be at risk of prolonged loneliness experiencing it during lockdown. With each of the countries of the UK having some sort of national lockdown, it is important to share learning and discuss how the sector can continue to play a vital role in reaching and supporting our communities.

18th November 10:00-11:15am – COVID-19 and the impact on the disabled community

Join The National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers as they discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on disabled communities. They will also be sharing research from their recently commissioned report ‘Towards Equity’ on how funders can support and include disabled communities.

Chaired by Hannah Paterson, Senior Portfolio Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund, they will be hearing from disabled organisations about their experiences of the pandemic, how they worked in their communities through lockdown and how other organisations and funders can work to better support disabled organisations. The panel will include voices from a variety of organisations from across the UK to help provide a broad range of insights and lived experience. You will also have an opportunity to directly put your questions to the panel.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the challenges faced by the disabled community and has seen new ways of working and partnership in response. It is important we learn the lessons from the pandemic, ensure funding is accessible and the voices of disabled communities are heard and supported.

26th November 9:30-11:00 – How the charity and voluntary sector supported the homelessness community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 led all governments across the UK to introduce a multitude of measures to protect rough sleepers and find them temporary accommodation where they could self-isolate. By working together, working differently, and working to a tight deadline, authorities and charities provided shelter and safety for thousands.

There are however some new challenges to face. One of them is to look back at what was different about the way people were supported during the pandemic and find ways to build on and sustain these approaches. Continuing the collaborative approach that’s been adopted during the crisis is vital and include people with lived experience in this is critical for future successes.

Join Laura Furness, Head of Funding for The National Lottery Community Fund as she leads a panel discussion on how the voluntary and charity sector supported people who were homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic and what learning has come out of this to make these people’s lives better. You will have the opportunity to put questions to the panel and hear their thoughts on what we need to do differently in the future.

Register for these events here.

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