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June 2020

Monday, 29 June 2020

Important update on RSPB Local Group Covid-19 Advice

Alan Murray, Head of Volunteering at RSPB HQ, has today sent out an email to local group leaders informing them of the decision made last week to continue the suspension of indoor and outdoor meetings until at least 31st December 2020. This will be reviewed on 5th October 2020. As such, we are publishing this news item to make our Liverpool group members aware of the decision. We are obviously very disappointed that we are still unable to carry on with our programme of events or meet up with group members for the foreseeable future.

"Last week the Volunteer Leadership Team met to discuss the Local Group programme from September. We have had a lot of useful feedback from you about how your indoor meetings and outdoor meetings can be carried out safely and still make a profit. We also heard concerns about the responsibility of the group to keep your members and the public safe and the responsibility of venue holders. We also know that you are concerned about losing money during this time more broadly in relation to prior financial commitments.

We have taken the decision to extend the suspension of Local Group indoor and outdoor meetings until 31 December 2020 and aim to review this decision on Monday 5 October. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly. We have listened to your feedback and taken into consideration the resource and support needed to help all groups get to a place where these activities can be delivered safely. There is still a lot of uncertainty about how to undertake formal social events in a Covid-secure way, and to date no examples that we can learn from. We know that this will be a really big disappointment for many of you who have worked hard to develop, adapt and promote your event programmes. We sincerely thank you for your dedication and commitment to delivering engaging activities for your members.

Over the coming weeks, we are talking to colleagues from across the RSPB to develop and share actions and work that you can get involved with, whether as individuals or for your members that can be done safely. Nature is still in need of our help, it needs our advocacy, campaigning, monitoring and protection, fundraising and public engagement. There is so much work that needs to be done, so if you're up for a new challenge or ideas about how your group can still contribute, look out for information from your Volunteering Development Officer or Local Groups Officer.

For now we want to thank you again for your understanding and continued support."