Fundraising Regulator calls on charities to work ‘safely’ due to Omicron

16 Dec 2021 News

The Fundraising Regulator has updated its Covid-19 guidance and is calling on charities to “fundraise safely” in light of the surge in the Omicron variant. 

After recent changes to Covid-19 restrictions around the UK the Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIOF) updated their document and urged charities to ensure that fundraising events are in line with current government guidance.

The rules are different in England, Scotland and Wales, but include the reintroduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport and Covid passports for large gatherings. The public have also been advised to scale back social gatherings in order to slow the spread of the new variant. 

The guidance reminds charities that fundraising events should only occur once a risk assessment has been carried out, and that organisations “must consider the public appetite for interacting with people outside of their household at this time”.

Charities should also consider “the public mood and likely feelings and preferences of supporters” when considering if physical events should go ahead. 

Charities cancel fundraisers

Yesterday the UK reported the highest number of daily infections of Covid-19 since the pandemic began, and a number of charities have begun cancelling planned in-person events.  

Age UK Wakefield cancelled its in-person Time for Tea event this morning. The charity's statement said: “With increases in Covid-19 cases, we want to protect the most vulnerable members of our community & think a public gathering is not appropriate at this time.”

 

Similarly, the Battersea Ball, a fundraiser which raises money for the charity the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel, cancelled the event after the government announced Plan B restrictions. For the second year in a row, the fundraiser has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

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