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‘Every Moment is a Fresh Beginning’ or ‘The Need to Plan Ahead’

‘If not now, when?‘

These are unprecedented times, not just for the UK, but also globally.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the present pandemic; the dedicated doctors, nurses and caring staff in the front line; all essential workers and naturally; our own families and friends.

Many people are working from home. This includes the team at Charisma. Many charities have already responded by changing the way in which services are provided, with much greater use of social media.

In the midst of the current crisis, it can be hard to look beyond; and to plan ahead. Whilst we cannot change the past, we can start to think about when things return to the new normal.

Whilst no-one can predict the future, this may include greater working from home. Services may continue to be delivered virtually; such as medical consultations carried out using video platforms. For many charities there has been a rapid switch to ‘Virtual Fundraising’, which was almost unknown only a few weeks ago. An early example is the Royal Marines Charity‘Heroes at Home’.

https://theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk/news/heroes-at-home/

The country is starting to think about the ‘Exit Strategy’ from the current ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘Social Distancing’ restrictions.

Now perhaps is also a good time for charities and not-for-profit organisations to look ahead and start thinking about the future, with questions such as:

·What will our own ‘Exit Strategy’ be?

·How will our organisation conduct ‘Recovery Planning’?

·How to address the return to work; particularly where staff have been furloughed - a term none of us used until recently?

·What services will be affected and how will the services we provide change?

·New developments, such as ‘Virtual Fundraising’?

Is there a better time than now to begin planning for the future? Probably not. In the words of the ancient proverb:‘If not now, when?’

We are all affected by the present pandemic. We hope this has been useful to you and your charity, at the present time.

With best wishes from the team at Charisma.

Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives