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Award aims to recognise the contribution of building services professionals in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has added a new ‘COVID-19 achievem

Free illustrated reference guide aims to help community centres and village halls to reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has joined forces with architects and funders to publish a highly illustrated, practical guide to reopening commun

Transformation of the high street will impact organisations operating charity shops, charities that own properties and charity investors.

The Centre For Retail Research estimates that 13,867 shops have pulled down their shutters for the final time this year.

The National Lottery Community Fund has opened a new fund to help charities scale-up their digital capabilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Digital Response fund is offering expert support and grants of up to £60,000 to charities in England looking to develop their online capabilities.

Philanthropists Julia and Hans Rausing have launched a new  ‘Charity Survival Fund’ to help small and medium-sized charities struggling with the impact of  COVID-19.

The new £10 million fund will offer grants to charities that need financial help for existing programmes and their day-to-day work. It will not finance expansion or capital projects.

The Charity Retail Association has published a guide to re-opening charity shops after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

The Charity Shop Reopening Pack (PDF) provides guidance for charities r

The National Trust will reopen some gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland from June 3rd.

The Trust says it will open nearly 30 sites.

Good news for many voluntary sector organisations, as the Government says some sports facilities in England can reopen and offers guidance on how to manage safety risks during the pandemic.

The Government has announced that facilities in England associated with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen from 13 May 2020.

Heritage and cultural organisations have particular concerns about protecting collections and managing security during the pandemic

While many offices were rapidly closed down because of COVID-19, people caring for historic buildings and museum collections are having to consider complex measures to protect fragile items during

Charities ranging from a puppy training centre to a library hit by extreme weather

Storms Ciara and Dennis have left a trail of damage to charity properties across the UK.