With lockdown restrictions lifting, Concern’s face-to-face fundraisers will return to the streets this month. Here’s how we’re ensuring the health and safety of our fundraisers and the public during Covid-19.
The pandemic has been enormously challenging, both here in the UK and across the globe. But we’re not all experiencing it equally; for countries already in the midst of humanitarian crises caused by conflicts, natural disasters and climate change, coronavirus could have even more devastating consequences. Weak health systems, combined with risks such as malnutrition, overcrowded living conditions and lack of access to water and washing facilities, mean the impact of the virus in the countries we work in could be catastrophic.
Now that lockdown restrictions have begun to ease, the government have confirmed that public fundraising can commence from 12 April 2021. With measures in place to keep the public and fundraisers safe, there is a pressing need for Concern to begin fundraising again to help communities who have been hit hardest by this crisis, as soon as possible.
Face-to-face fundraising is regulated by the Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator. Both of these bodies have been working closely with the government to produce comprehensive guidelines for face-to-face fundraising post-lockdown, which Concern is now following.
Concern Worldwide has carried out a thorough risk assessment and created working guidelines designed to keep the public and our fundraisers as safe as possible. Fundraisers must confirm that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 and that they have not, to their knowledge, been in contact with anyone with symptoms at the start of each shift.