The announcement from the Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that public fundraising activities can resume in England as we enter step 2 of the Coronavirus roadmap will be welcomed by the charity fundraising sector. Door-to-door, street and private site fundraising are all essential means of generating vital funds for so many organisations that support our communities across the UK.
On 12 April, the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising will be publishing updated guidance to support fundraising organisations as they resume public fundraising activities. The updated guidance will provide information in line with the latest Government advice. Fundraising organisations are strongly advised to review and follow this updated guidance when planning their public fundraising activities.
It is important that public fundraising activities should only take place once a thorough risk assessment has been carried out, so that the safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and members of the public are protected. All fundraising should continue to follow the standards as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
You can find the joint guidance from the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising here from 12 April 2021.
Requirements may differ across the UK. You should always check the relevant guidance in the nation you are fundraising in and apply it to your fundraising activity. For further advice, see guidance from the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.