Roadmaps: How are charities planning for the end of lockdown?

How are charities preparing to reopen their premises and bring people back to the workplace? Our May 11 meeting  discussed roadmaps out of lockdown, preparing premises and planning working arrangements for the rest of 2021.

A drawing of a road.

The government has set out a roadmap for exiting lockdown. How are charities preparing for returning to work? (Image:

By Annette McGill

Our most recent event looked at  how charities are preparing for the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions and the return to offices.  We hosted a panel of charity facilities managers to shared their plans for reopening their workplaces and share their thoughts about what lies ahead for the rest of 2021.


The government has published its roadmap for exiting the lockdown in England. Organisations will need to make plans for how to bring people back to workplaces safely. This process is likely to include a long list of tasks, from consulting with staff and undertaking risk assessments to adapting premises and deep environmental cleaning, and much else.

In the longer term, many charities will be reviewing their buildings and property requirements and considering options for working in different ways.

Key questions

We asked our panel these questions:

  • What is your organisation’s current working status?
  • What is your roadmap towards Step 4?  
  • What's your biggest concern?
  • What is your vision for your organisation from June to December?
  • The longer-term view: first thoughts on what happens next.


Our panellists were:

Moderator: Andrew Gill, Facilities Manager & UK Lead On Health and Safety at Tearfund


Sean Bridge, Facilities Manager, Business in the Community

Martin King, Property & Facilities Manager, Plan International UK

Kellie Lord-Thomas, UK Workplace Manager, Amnesty International

Ian Turvey, Central Services Manager, WorldVision

Event details

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021



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