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 adheres to and, in some cases, goes beyond the guidance issued by the Government, the Public Health scientific advisors, the Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered 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.
The following areas of the charity have been risk assessed:
- 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:
- 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.
- Where possible, a 2m social distance should be maintained. 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 and strongly encouraging the wearing of face masks.
- We will process donations in a way that can be done safely, e.g. by offering contactless donations.
- We have ensured good hygiene practises (hand sanitiser/ cleaning wipes) are visible and observed in the fundraising environment.
- Fundraisers will complete a self-declaration each day prior to shift to declare they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and are fit for work.
- 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.
- Fundraiser training will be delivered virtually by Alzheimer’s Research UK.
- 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.