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.

Emergency Covid-19 Funding Update: Delivering differently grants will be pausing from 5pm on the 19th of May due to an influx of grant applications

If you are looking to submit an application for a “delivering differently” grant on the London Community Response Fund, please ensure you complete this by 5pm on Tuesday 19th May. After this time, the Fund will be temporarily closed to new applications for this particular programme.  

Delivering differently grants are to help organisations change their service delivery to support the needs of their communities, at the current time. It is anticipated that Delivering Differently grants and/or a new Wave 3 fund could reopen from early June. You can still apply for crisis response grants, with funding of up to £10,000 available. This application helps specifically focus on urgent needs, such as food, mobile phones and other essential services to ensure groups and organisations can continue to function during this difficult period.

This is a pause, not a stop

Further funding will be announced from the London Community Response in early June. Please click here for more information.

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 Be Resilient In A Crisis

All business leaders and CEOs are experiencing unprecedented demands on their time and ability to steer their teams through this challenging period. Dr Lynne Guyton, the CEO of John Lyon’s Charity has written a blog, which outlines her learnings and advice for fellow leaders during this time.  She has come up with a check list of suggestions for maintaining morale within her team and keeping her own approach to the crisis on a stable and rational level.

Click here to read ‘How To Be Resilient In A Crisis’ by Dr. Lynne Guyton.