Information on Coronavirus

BASE will be postponing all regional forums and training events until further notice in the light of the coronavirus restrictions. Office functions will continue as normal and certificate learners can continue to receive support by contacting their assessor by email or phone.

We have been asked for advice regarding the provision of workplace support but there are no easy answers. Clearly, the welfare of service staff and clients has to be a priority and services should support those customers through risk assessment where they are vulnerable because of their health. 

Employees who are shielding in line with public health guidance (or need to stay home with someone who is shielding) can be furloughed if they are unable to work from home. The government have confirmed that shielding employees can be placed on furlough even if the employer has work for them to do.

A number of organisations have produced guidance on the impact of coronavirus and you can find information and advice through the links below. 


General sources of advice

Latest information on Coronavirus

Latest guidance from Government

ACAS advice

Advice from the Business Disability Forum

Advice from NCVO

Advice from Social Enterprise UK


Advice for workers and vulnerable groups

Government advice for vulnerable groups

Government advice for supporting disabled people

Government advice for further education

Government advice for apprenticeship providers

Government advice for community-based health and social care

Government advice for health professionals and others

Government guidance for furloughed workers

Benefit changes and advice about loss of income (from Social Welfare Training)


Easy read resources

Easy Read information on staying alert

Easy Read Information on coronavirus from Mencap

Easy Read Posters from Photosymbols  

An accessible free download from Books Beyond Words


Advice for businesses

Government financial support for businesses

Business financial support finder tool

Financial support for businesses

TESG payment guide for Supported Businesses

Financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

Financial support for charities

Advice on claiming wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furloughed workers)


Scotland provides a range of resources for businesses in Scotland including:
NHS support and resources for stress and anxiety
Redundancy help in Scotland - Skills Development Scotland & PACE
A free service to help with current recruitment needs - Skills Development Scotland
Adapt & Thrive third sector recovery programme and Communities Recovery Fund (SCVO)



BusinessWales provides details of support for businesses in Wales including:
Support and grants for businesses in Wales
A series of free webinars - for small businesses in Wales - topics include; recovery and growth, business diversification, accessing finance & remote working


Return to safe working

Government guidance for working safely during coronavirus

Template Covid-19 workplace policy

HSE guidance on safe working

Template risk assessment (HSE)

ACAS Return to Work process map

RNIB guidance for employers - there's also a video of top tips at


Resources for working remotely

Free webinar resources for people new to working remotely