Covid-19 Updates & Useful Information

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Here you can read about what the Charity has been doing during lockdown, information about emergency funding opportunities, useful advice surrounding coronavirus and other important information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information below, please contact your Grants Manager or email

Covid-19 Statement

John Lyon’s Charity is truly sympathetic to the impact of Covid-19 on our grantees and wider networks.  In response, we have agreed in principle to the joint statement issued by London Funders. This agreement represents the Charity’s ongoing commitment to being flexible and responsive to the challenges presented by Covid-19, in order to best support the Children and Young People’s sector in our Beneficial Area.  However, we ask that grantees must get in touch with their Grants Manager before making any changes to delivery or grant expenditure. If you are unsure who to contact at the Charity, please email

Our thoughts go out to anyone affected by Covid-19 and we encourage everyone to follow NHS advice on how to avoid spreading and manage coronavirus.

John the Lyon SHAF Mini-Series & Competition

Back in 2018, John Lyon’s Charity presented a little twist to the School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) by introducing a furry friend to the JLC family in the form of John the Lyon. This year, we are bringing John the Lyon back and introducing a couple of his friends in a special three-part animation series. Each week throughout August, you will follow John the Lyon & friends on a different SHAF adventure. You will also have the chance to enter an exciting competition where £100 vouchers can be won. If you can’t go out with John the Lyon, then John the Lyon will come to you! Click here to watch episode one.

 Youth Work During Covid-19

Youth work delivery during COVID-19 must follow the Government’s COVID-19 Readiness Level.  Details about the Readiness Level and ‘managing youth sector activities and spaces’ can be found on the National Youth Agency’s website:  Please note, the current Readiness Level is AMBER.

For support with delivering youth work, UK Youth and the National Youth Agency have created templates to support your planning, risk assessments and decision making:

Digital Delivery and Safeguarding

As the impact of the current coronavirus outbreak continues to be felt and lockdown measures are maintained, we are all getting more proficient and reliant on the use of technology to help us stay connected with family, friends and those we work with.  We have been informed by a significant number of you, our grantees, that you have found ingenious ways of maintaining support and provision to your beneficiaries via digital means whether that is using the telephone, pre-recorded content or streaming live into the homes of young people using one of the various video conferencing software packages that we are now all becoming familiar with.

What does this mean for you as an organisation?  How can you be sure that you are upholding your safeguarding policies and procedures?   What elements of risk are there in delivering this work differently? We have created a short Digital Delivery and Safeguarding document with some pointers and links to additional resources that we hope you find useful at this current time.

John Lyon’s Charity has gathered this information from a variety of sources; we are not the experts in this field but we are aware of many organisations that are doing excellent work in this area and ensuring the safety of both the young people they work with as well as their staff.

Support for Chief Executives – Institute for Voluntary  Action Research’s Emergency Response Offer

We are pleased to let you know of a new initiative being run by the Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR).

IVAR is offering leaders of small charities the opportunity to attend online support groups to share experiences with other leaders in the sector about how you are dealing with the dilemmas and worries caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. IVAR is committed to supporting the leaders of smaller organisations, many of whom are facing intolerable pressure, huge stress and sustained uncertainty.

The leaders of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can take part in 90 minute online support sessions for up to 10 leaders at a time. If you are interested in finding out more and signing up for one of these sessions please click here.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so do sign up soon.

Dr. Lynne Guyton’s Blog: How to Reimagine the Future for Children and Young People

“What COVID-19 has done is reveal the problems which families in poverty have been struggling with for much longer…There are three calls to action for the Government we believe are fundamental to children and young people now more than ever before. “

Read Dr. Lynne Guyton‘s powerful blog titled ‘How to Reimagine the Future for Children and Young People’. Find full blog here.