COVID-19 Training

Business Northumberland 
A team of specialists with a passion to help businesses across the North East to grow, providing bespoke and tailored business advice to SMEs across Northumberland and the wider North East. Support for local businesses through all stages of their growth journey with a wide range of services.

Prosper North provides free business advice and training for the cultural heritage sector in the North of England. They offer a selection of coaching, workshops and webinars. Places are limited and applications close 3 August 2020 -,independent%20museums%20to%20literature%20festivals.

Webinars and Online Support

Sound Ideas Media's Jason Thompson is running weekly support and advice webinars for those wanting to understand the opportunities and options for creating digital content to use online.

Whatworkswellbeing has published new evidence on how places and spaces impact on wellbeing and loneliness for participants of cultural project and programmes.

Mortal Fools - Connect through Confident Communication on Digital Platforms:

GOV.UK Manage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus

Guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) related financial difficulties in charities and how to work through them.

  1. Financial advice and guidance

  2. Consider the best interests of the charity

  3. What to do if your charity cannot continue to operate because of the financial problems caused by COVID-19

Voluntary Arts - Remote Working

More and more people are finding themselves working from home or trying to stay in touch with colleagues, volunteers and other creative group organisers remotely. Technology has improved a great deal in recent years to make this easier than ever before, but for those who are unfamiliar with this way of working, it can be difficult to adjust and understand the terminology and the wide range of software and services available.

Collated Advice 

Five steps towards a new future (Arts Professional)

A structured reflection process can support arts leaders to find tentative answers to the overwhelming problems they are facing. Richard Watts offers a framework to guide the process.



Online cultural listings; 



Feedback / articles/ ideas to support the effects of COVID-19


  • Helpful online learning from North East Chamber of Commerce 
    Earlier this week, VONNE member the North East Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar, in partnership with Newcastle law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, on key themes for charities and not-for-profit organisations in relation to Covid-19. In case you missed it, the session was recorded and can be accessed using the code 7v+7Y@=2.

  • Making the most of Government advice

  • What to consider with your current grants and/or if you have social investment

  • Navigating your relationship with banks

  • Operational and business planning


Charities advice:


Coronavirus and governance: What charity trustees need to think about


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector


Legal / Staffing:


Freelancers / self-employed:


House of Commons Public Bill Committee Amendments: Coronavirus Bill pages 14-18


Chancellor Reveals Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme



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