Network Partners

The National Business Response Network is a service that connects directly with charity and voluntary sector partners. Requests and matches are updated on the Matching Platform on a daily basis.

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Our Network Partners – not-for-profit organisations – are supporting our response to COVID-19. We collaborate closely with them to reach the needs of communities across the UK. We recommend visiting their websites to explore alternative support that may be available to your organisations if you are a registered charity, business, health and government agency. In some instances, these organisations may also be able to support individuals or unregistered groups with a pressing need.

The COVID-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100 million, with £82.6 million already having been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the insurance sector. The Fund works in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation and a network of partners to provide immediate relief to charities affected by COVID-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need.

It is working with independent advisers, who are helping to identify how the remaining donations from the Fund can have the most impact in helping those affected by the COVID-19 crisis and who will then set up partnerships with charities on behalf of the Fund. Click here to find out more


The CBI exists to help business create prosperity for all. It believes that business has the power to do good. To make a difference. When the economy booms, society prospers, and every business plays a part in protecting and growing that economy. They create opportunities, build, innovate and cultivate a better future for the next generation.

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The UK’s biggest network of food redistribution charities, taking good quality surplus food from the food industry and getting it to 11,000 frontline charities across the UK. These include homeless hostels, food banks, domestic violence refuges and food banks. Usually the food it redistributes is surplus food that would have been wasted, but it is currently operating an emergency response and is now also delivering donated food to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

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In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct is committed to providing life’s essentials and believes that no usable product should go to waste. It provides a single contact point for manufacturers and retailers to donate consumer goods including toiletries, cleaning and laundry products, clothes, toys and office supplies to the charities and their communities that really need them. During the coronavirus pandemic, the need to keep clean, well and connected has never been greater. To donate goods, or register a charitable organisation for free, please connect.

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National Emergencies Trust (NET)

The NET is an independent charity that collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money at the time of a domestic disaster. The Grenfell Tower disaster and the 2017 terror attacks in London and Manchester caused many in the charitable sector to think about how to respond to such emergencies most effectively and as such provided a catalyst for the founding of the NET at the end of 2019 to serve as a single point of appeal and fund distribution for future national emergencies.

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Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership

VCS EP is made up of a range of organisations within the sector with the shared aim of improving coordination at national and local levels before, during and after emergencies – while empowering communities to help shape the process.

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A giving platform that supports thousands of small charities and community projects across the UK through donation management and surplus food redistribution. Partners include M&S, Aldi, Lidl, Danone, Innocent, giff gaff, Penguin and Southern Coop, and more. Charities and causes can apply to Neighbourly for regular surplus food donations, and for a micro-grant from its Community Fund that has been launched as an emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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RE:ACT is a UK-based disaster response charity that repurposes the hard skills and experience of military veterans and combines a military approach with humanitarian action to aid the hardest to reach and most vulnerable people affected by disaster. Since launching its response to Covid-19 in March, RE:ACT has been working in collaboration with the VCS EP, BITC and other organisations to support frontline services including the NHS, as well as vulnerable communities throughout the UK.

RE:ACT volunteers have been involved in the distribution of over 10 million items of PPE and over 3 million meals, as well as conducting over 4,000 welfare checks for people self-isolating and shielding, and providing important mortuary support to NHS hospitals and increasing NHS capacity during the peak months of Covid.

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UK Community Foundations

A national network of community foundations, bringing together people and organisations that want to improve their communities.

Community foundations come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in a common is a commitment to making a difference to people’s lives and the places they serve.

The UK Community Foundations brings communities together, funds great idea and inspires local philanthropy.

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