Where can I find the most up to date information and advice in relation to COVID-19?
ADCH is doing everything we can to make sure that our members are as prepared as possible during the current outbreak. To help keep yourself up to date with the changing requirements placed on animal charities, please make sure to:
– Visit the DEFRA page to read the latest advice relating to animals here
– Visit the coronavirus page on the ADCH website for an overview of the latest guidance here
– Sign up to receive ADCH bulletin emails here
If you are a member, you can join the ADCH’s Members Facebook Group to discuss support and ask for guidance from fellow members.
I am an ADCH Member and have a specific concern about the impact of COVID-19 on my organisation. Where is the best place for me to raise these concerns?
We advise posting in the ADCH member COVID Facebook group so that ADCH and our family of members can help offer the most immediate and responsive advice and support.
If you would prefer to raise an issue privately instead, then please email email@example.com and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Where can I find out the latest information about access to grants and funding?
Details of grants and other funding can be found here
ADCH has recently announced its intention to establish an Emergency Response Fund to support animal welfare organisations across the country. More information will be made available on this website as this develops within the coming days, so please keep checking back. Members will also be made aware by email.
Information about regional funding sources is being shared by other members via the ADCH’s Members Facebook Group, and we encourage members not only to take advantage of this but also to share whatever information they may be aware of locally.
When can I get advice about operational issues within my organisation?
If your organisation is an ADCH member, we would advise referring to the relevant discussion topic tags on the ADCH’s Members Facebook Group.
ADCH has been working with a range of different organisations through the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) to provide operational guidance on how rescues can continue to operate while the restrictions are in place. Please download and read the advice here. If you have a more technical issue that is not covered by the guidance, then please either share it on the Forum or Facebook group, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I want more information about the furloughing scheme and how this can support my staff. Where can I find this?
You can find the ADCH hub of information relating to the furloughing of staff under the ‘Employment Law and Staffing’ heading here
The primary ADCH guidance in relation to furloughing can be found here
It may also be helpful to review related advice and guidance about staff wishing to take annual leave during this period, and further information on this can be found here
I have concerns about governance issues for my organisation during the lockdown period. Where can I get further information?
The current ADCH guidance on governance during the COVID-19 outbreak can be viewed here
Trustees are aware of the current pressures facing many organisations in relation to governance compliance and are prioritising this issue in current discussions.
You can view slides from the webinar led by ADCH Vice-Chair Peter Hepburn which took place on 15 April here
For more specific legal issues, ADCH conference sponsors Shakespeare Martineau are providing ADCH members with access to free legal guidance. They have launched a free legal helpline, giving organisations direct access to a senior team of legal experts for free legal guidance Monday-Friday, 1000-1200 hours. During these hours their team will be on hand to offer bespoke guidance on a broad range of issues at zero cost.
In addition to the helpline they are offering the opportunity to book a free 20 minute video session via Zoom with their commercial and employment law specialists; these will involve a team of senior lawyers, ready to work through the issues facing the organisation and its employees. If this is something you are interested in, please either ring 0800 689 4064 or click here to register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange a time for your Zoom session.
I can offer support to other members of the ADCH. How can I best inform others about this?
Please post in the ADCH Member Facebook group, sharing as many details as possible about the support you can offer:
ADCH is in the process of co-ordinating a mechanism for sharing member offers of support more widely. Please keep checking back on the website for further updates.
What further guidance can I find in relation to COVID-19 and running my Chairity?
The Charity Commission has provided coronavirus / Covid-19 guidance, which is available here
The ADCH has provided a simplified overview of the guidance on the page here
Where can I get information about access to Personal Protective Equipment to support me and members of staff in our frontline roles?
The ADCH has helped produce guidance relating to access to PPE here
I run an animal-related business. Where can I find the latest guidance which relates to me?
For businesses other than conventional rescue and rehoming – which may mean boarding, breeding, grooming or walking – please be sure to read the latest CFSG-developed guidance for those operating animal-related businesses, which can be found here
Further updates to this guidance are expected in the coming days – including devolved-specific advice – so please be sure to check back in on other ADCH communication to ensure that you are alerted once this is published.
I am really concerned about the future for my organisation. What is the ADCH doing about the long-term implications of this crisis?
Understandably the current crisis is causing huge concern for our members, with many organisations working around the clock to continue operations. ADCH believes that we are best placed to come through this pandemic if we work together and support each other, as the rescue sector has always done.
ADCH Trustees and the secretariat are putting in place a comprehensive action plan to support as many members as possible with advice and guidance. This is why the Association recently surveyed its membership on the impact of the virus on different aspects of their organisations, produced guidance backed by DEFRA on how to manage operationally, an created a new Facebook portal for members to share best practice and advice.
This is being complemented by as many bulletin update emails to members as is possible.
An emergency fund is also being established to try and support those most in need.
Finally, we are seeking to organise a forthcoming webinar specifically on how best organisations can respond to emergencies of this scale, and details of this will be circulated in due course.
The real value of the ADCH is underpinned by the ability of members to share information and advice with each another, and we urge members to communicate both directly with the secretariat but also with other organisations directly through our member Facebook group. Together we will support each other to get through this challenging period and keep giving our animals the best care.
Is my organisation still able to continue rehoming animals during lockdown?
Please see the operational guidance produced with CFSG here.
Is there a procedure for safely taking in animals from households with suspected COVID-19?
Yes, there is. This is covered in the operational guidance document, which you can find here.