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Covid-19 Charity Update

8 April 2020

Hello,I hope you, your family and friends are staying safe and well during these unprecedented times. I wanted to update you on what we're doing here at Notts County Football in the Community and The Portland Centre to secure the future of our charity amid the Coronavirus crisis.

As of 1st April 2020, the bulk of our team will be furloughed through the government Job Retention scheme to support businesses through the current unprecedented period. We will still be operating the charity through a much reduced skeleton staff team. With the Portland Leisure Centre close, and schools based and Community projects temporarily paused, this has been done with the following aims:

  1. reduce our payroll over these next uncertain months
  2. to recognise that due to current restrictions, some staff have much less work they are able to be getting on with.
  3. to comply with all Government health advice and restrictions around on social distancing; keeping staff and beneficiaries as safe as possible.

We estimate that over the next 3 months we will lose around £100k in income through loss of services with Portland shut and projects not running; this is on top of still having salaries to pay each month. Allowing us to Furlough some staff for the first 3 months will help provide for the future stability of the charity. In taking some tough decision now, we are aiming to ensure that there is a charity to return to once this is all over, and that we have a strong future once the national emergency measures are lifted and life, for us all, can return to some sense of normality.

These decisions have been taken following both professional HR advice and with the full backing of our board of trustees. Whilst these have not been easy decisions to make, we know that they are the right ones for us at this present time.

Furloughed staff can not undertake work for or on behalf of Football in the Community whilst they are on leave. Therefore the following skeleton staff team members are still at work and able to respond to any of your queries around the following themes:

Thank you for your continued support.

With best wishes

Ian Boyd – Chief Executive

Dianne Jackson – Chair of Trustees

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