Alzheimer’s Research UK takes the safety and wellbeing of its supporters, fundraisers and third parties working with us very seriously. We have completed comprehensive risk assessments for the charity’s operations and services. Alzheimer’s Research UK follows the guidance issued by the Government, the Public Health scientific advisors, the World Health Organisation, the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has completed comprehensive risk assessments of the services we offer to our supporters and have identified a range of controls to manage the risk of COVID-19 cross contamination and transmission. Where the risk of COVID-19 cannot be controlled to an acceptable level, Alzheimer’s Research UK has suspended these services and fundraising activities.
The following areas of the charity have been risk assessed (pending the Government lifting lockdown restrictions):
- Face-to-face fundraising
- Meeting supporters during COVID-19
- Head office
As a result of the risk assessments, Alzheimer’s Research UK has implemented (where reasonably practicable) a range of controls which include:
- Where risk of transmission cannot be controlled, services and fundraising activities have been suspended.
- We have identified clear controls for engaging with vulnerable people.
- We will exclude face-to-face fundraising in areas with a large elderly population.
- We have enhanced hygiene, handwashing and cleaning procedures in line with official guidance.
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m social distance. Where social distancing is not always possible, we have put in place measures to manage transmission risk including limiting the number of fundraisers/ employees working on site, the use of hazard tape or mats to mark out the distance, face coverings, messages on clothing to reinforce social distancing.
- We have excluded locations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- We will process donations in a way that can be done safely, e.g. by offering contactless donations.
- We have increased the level of signage in the fundraising environment to ensure that social distancing and hygiene standards are observed.
- We have provided information, instruction and training to ensure fundraisers/ employees are fully aware of the precautions needed to control transmission and the guidance set out by the Government, the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising.
- Steps will be taken to protect fundraisers from spreading or contracting COVID-19 while travelling to/ from site.
- Fundraiser training will be delivered virtually.
- We also monitor the implementation of the controls across the charity and compliance is tracked and reported to the Executive Team.
The risk assessments are reviewed and updated regularly with the charity’s risk and regulatory department to ensure controls are still relevant and being implemented, and to inform our decisions about fundraising activities during this period.