Coronavirus Appeal


National Partners

Our National Partners


In August 2020 we announced a number of new funding partners to help us to ensure Coronavirus Appeal funds reach all those who need them, efficiently and equitably. Below you can find the latest information on our funding partners and the vital work they are doing.


LGBT+ Consortium


LGBT+ Consortium is the UK’s umbrella body for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ voluntary and community organisations, with a membership of 370 organisations.


The Consortium’s eight helpline partners are all member organisations who provide direct services to LGBT+ people and communities across the UK. The partners are: Switchboard LGBT+, MindOut, Galop, Brighton and Hove Switchboard, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, Cara Friend, The Intercom Trust and LGBT Foundation.


Cruse Bereavement Care


Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.


Cruse offers telephone and website support and, until the coronavirus pandemic, had been providing face-to-face support for 60 years. It has a free National Helpline (0808 808 1677) local services and a website specifically for children and young people called Hope Again. Services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.


Cruse is here to support anyone grieving at this time. Their coronavirus website resources are available here.


Cruse will use National Emergencies Trust funding to increase capacity on their helpline, improve data collection to reach a wider, more diverse audience and to become more accessible to those most in need.

The Refugee Council


The Refugee Council, in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council and Bryson Care in Northern Ireland, supports refugees and people seeking asylum from the moment they arrive in the UK. These organisations provide crisis advice, practical and emotional support for children and adults and help refugees to integrate into their new communities.


The consortium will use the National Emergencies Trust grant funding to deliver an emergency infoline for refugees and people seeking asylum in need of urgent help. It will also deliver crisis support for those at risk of homelessness and destitution, resources to facilitate digital inclusion, mental health support for adults in the asylum system, and mental health and case work support for unaccompanied children.



Refuge is the largest operator of services for survivors of domestic abuse across England and will be working in partnership with; NEXUSNI operating Northern Ireland’s 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline offering support, signposting and referrals for victims, family, friends and professionals; Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working to end domestic abuse and serves as an umbrella for 36 member groups that provide specialist services, including refuge accommodation, advocacy, and support and; Welsh Women’s Aid is the national federation of specialist organisations in Wales, working with its members and wider society to end all forms of violence against women domestic abuse and sexual violence.


The partners will use funds to increase the capacity of the helplines across the UK, and each organisation has identified projects that will reach out to those who face significant barriers when accessing services.

DPO COVID-19 Coalition


DPO COVID-19 Coalition, led by Disability Action NI is a partnership with Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland and Inclusion London. These organisations are run by and for disabled people and are inextricably linked to the communities in their regions through vast networks of member and partner organisations.


Funds from the National Emergencies Trust will go towards bolstering information and advice services within the organisations, employing a grants officer and distributing over £1 million of funds to grassroots DPOs to ensure disabled people are less isolated, more independent and their voices are heard and reflected in recovery strategies.

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