News / 25th March 2020

Act now to help charities during Covid-19

Please show your support for charities facing an unprecedented funding crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Unseen is part of the #EveryDayCounts campaign urging the Government to give critical support to charities during the Covid-19 crisis. Without immediate Government backing, many charities will go to the wall.

Along with other charities we're asking the Government to urgently:

  • Make funds available to pay charity sector employees providing vital services during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Issue grants to charities whose funding is drying up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Write to your MP

You can show your support by writing to your MP - and we've made it easy for you to do this with a template letter. Simply:

1) Find your MP at writetothem.com

2) Paste the letter, below, into the box provided.

3) Sign the letter.

4) Add your details.

5) Press send.

Here's the template letter. Thank you.

The Coronavirus Job Protection Scheme, though very welcome, will not help charities who need to keep staff working to provide vital services.

Please ask the Government to urgently give more support to charities helping communities and the most vulnerable in society.

As a supporter of the charity Unseen, Iā€™m writing to ask for your backing for charities providing vital services for communities and some of the most vulnerable in society.

I welcome the recent measures announced by the Chancellor to support staff placed on unpaid leave. This is highly appropriate for organisations who are unable to trade. However, this does not help charities like Unseen who are providing essential services and need to keep staff employed.

Unseen runs the Modern Slavery Helpline and other vital services, such as safehouses, for the survivors of modern slavery. It is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society ā€“ a group which is likely to suffer more in the current crisis.

Charities like Unseen rely on individuals like me (as well as communities and businesses) for support, and I know they have already seen huge drops in donations due to fundraising events being cancelled. The situation is likely to get worse: as the economy takes a downturn and people worry about their finances, charity support is often the first thing to go.

Currently there is no support package for charities who have seen significant drops in fundraising income and under the current proposals, if Unseen keeps its employees working to provide essential services, it gets no help with their wages.

If staff are sent home, however, the Government will pick up 80% of their wages ā€“ but support for the vulnerable ends.

I feel this is perverse as charities like Unseen will likely be better off putting staff on unpaid leave during the coronavirus crisis, but this would mean they are unable to continue the great work they do.

Please ask the Government to urgently:

Make funding available to pay charity sector employees that must work providing vital services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Issue grants to charities whose funding is drying up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you


PS: You can also Tweet your support at #EveryDayCounts