There is a huge amount of free or low cost advice, tools and resources available to help charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits respond to the challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis. Below we list some you may find useful.
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Digital tools to help you communicate with your staff:
Microsoft Teams part of the Office 365 suite of tools, Teams is Microsoft’s one-stop-shop for communication and collaboration. There is a bit of a learning curve, but this is a powerful tool with a number of functions. Requires Office 365 account, Business Essentials Package £4.50/user/month, and also give access to online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
Tools for holding 'virtual' meetings with staff and external colleagues:
Zoom a very popular video conferencing tool that boasts a low learning curve. Free plan offers unlimited 1:1 meetings and group meetings for up to 40 minutes. Business plans from £11.99/user/month
Microsoft Teams as above, the Teams platform provides a range of features, with video calls and conferencing included. If you host a Teams video call, your attendees do not need an account. Requires Office 365 account, Business Essentials Package £4.50/user/month
Google Hangouts Google’s answer to video conferencing, popular with charities and small businesses due to its cost effectiveness and Office-like products. Requires Google Account. Personal accounts free, business accounts from £3 per user per month.
For small webinars, the Video Conferencing tools listed above should serve you well. However, there are some features of dedicated webinar platforms that make them more suitable for larger crowds. Standard video conferencing tools generally tend to lose their effectiveness at around 30-50 participants. An example would be the ability to have an anonymous and passive audience, with the ability for them to use a chat feature to ask questions. Note that these generally tend to be a little more expensive than standard video conferencing options.
It isn’t always enough to chat to your colleagues, sometimes you’ll need to work together on documents. This includes storing them in the same location, as well as working on the same document at the same time.
If you’ve got projects that you need to keep track of, something like an online Kanban platform can help. They allow you to assign tasks to individuals, set deadlines, track progress, and quickly see your outstanding tasks:
Trello a very easy to use Kanban, with the ability to share boards with others, and assign tasks. Free plan gives unlimited personal boards, and 10 team boards. Business plans from £10 per user per month.
Sage's Covid-19 advice hub for small and medium-sized businesses.
Further online coronavirus support and resources you may find useful:
Free COVID19 funder database: To access it, register on the Charity Excellence Framework website. This also allows use of the ‘health check’ assessment and access to the huge resource base, including the 4 charity COVID19 toolkits.
24 April 2020
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