News article created on 8 September 2020

A statement on face-to-face fundraising

We are pleased to confirm that we are reactivating our face-to-face towpath fundraising programme from next Wednesday (16 September). Like many other charities, this continues to be delivered with the help of agency workers assigned to us through a specialist fundraising agency, Inspired People.

Safety is the priority and, given the ongoing limitations of the CoVid19 pandemic, the Trust’s face-to-face programme will initially be on a smaller scale than before. We are pleased that from next week 20 fundraisers will be assigned to the Trust from Inspired People to assist with reactivating our face-to-face fundraising programme. This is just over half of the total number of agency workers assigned to the Trust through Inspired People prior to the pandemic.

The programme will focus on areas where social distancing and footfall are conducive to face-to-face fundraising in a coronavirus secure manner. The Trust, in conjunction with Inspired People, is ensuring that all the fundraisers are fully briefed on new working practices and protocols around coronavirus.

With face-to-face fundraising on hold due to coronavirus these past six months, the Trust has tried to be as supportive as we can for those agency workers directly affected by encouraging Inspired People to participate in the government funded furlough scheme.

However, as the government scheme has required a significant increase in contributions from 1 September, we understand that it hasn’t been possible for Inspired People to make those increased payments, hence the furlough leave has come to an end. 

We’ve understood from Inspired People that those agency workers not assigned to the Trust’s face-to-face fundraising programme would seek to be redeployed to help raise funds for other charities who Inspired People assign agency workers to. We very much hope that this is possible.