Borders SEN – SE Reset – Moving towards and Planning for Re-Opening – 25th June 2020

Some of the key things:

Purpose: Follow-up meeting from the Social Enterprise Reset week hosted by SBSEC C.I.C. – Borders SEN, which invited like-minded members, businesses and peers for a session on how as a sector we can move towards and plan for the re-opening of our businesses. Discussing the plans for the future of your Social Enterprise and the support you will need, so that we can inform strategic decisions at local and national level.


Key Areas of Concern: Insurance PPE Funding Biggest Challenges: As lock down is eased for those supporting members, clients and communities the changes are effecting everybody at different rates. Insurance – refer to supporting information – Current situation is that insurers will not pay out unless you have specific pandemic insurance. Pandemic insurance comes with huge premiums which are too expensive for the third sector. Lack of clarity, many organisations thought they were covered by insurance for diseases which is not the case.

Uncomfortable position of delivering services without insurance to protect against Covid-19 related matters. Due to a case being brought against an insurer – refer to supporting information – most insurers are unwilling to provide guidance or answers, case will set the precedent. Shared premises (Small Offices) – Considerations that arise due to having one entrance, one toilet, one kitchen area etc, number of desks. Can be mitigated by home working but this isn’t possible for all. Shared premises (Larger premises or Hubs) – Similar challenges to smaller offices but with increased risk, numerous tenants / projects – How can we open the building safely? Implementation of mitigations, processes and procedures including touch points, sanitisers, deep cleaning, social distancing, one way systems etc

Social Distancing – Will we remain at 2M or will this be reduced to 1M? Many benefits and disadvantages linked to safeguarding and capacity, or ability to deliver services. Do we hold off and wait or due we implement now and then revisit? – Concerns around costs of making implementing mitigations which are quickly made redundant. Specific concerns around provision or access to toilets – how many do we have to provide? Do we need to clean after each use? Can we close our toilets as a mitigation action advising individuals to use alternative facilities?