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Restarting some group social activities and meetings through new Guidance documents

From 17 May (24 May in Northern Ireland):

Social activities and meetings in managed venues, social gatherings outdoors, and events run by a professional organisation will be able to restart - subject to the numbers allowed in each nation, plus any local restrictions or advice.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - 26 MAY: If your group has already restarted some face-to-face services or socials, or is about to, you must keep a close eye on any changes to restrictions in your local area. In response to the spread of the ‘Indian’ variant, the Government has recently changed its advice on local travel and indoor gathering for certain ‘hotspot’ areas. If your group is in one of these, you should modify your restarting plans accordingly.

If you’d like to restart any of the above activities, the first step is to attend one of our Zoom sessions. Starting on 17 May, we’ll be holding several sessions every week to explain the new guidance you’ll need to follow to ensure your activities or meetings are COVID safe.

Each session will run for a maximum of 90 minutes. A short presentation will be followed by the chance to ask questions.

We need every group wishing to restart a group social activity or meeting under new guidance to send a volunteer to one of these sessions.

The paperwork for restarting social activities is different from that being used to restart professional services delivered through an SLA. So, a volunteer from your group needs to attend a Zoom session to learn about the process and paperwork for restarting social activities even if they've already joined a Zoom session to learn about the SLA process and paperwork.

The volunteer who attends needs to be a Coordinating Team member and/or the person who will lead on completing the new Guidance documents. You must not restart a service unless a volunteer from your group has attended a Zoom session, as the restarted activity will not be covered by our insurance.

Click here to find dates and times, and register for a Zoom session.


Click here to access our step-by-step guide to restarting some group social activities and meetings.

New Guidance documents:

If you wish to restart a social activity in a managed venue, here are the documents you’ll need:

If you wish to restart a social gathering outdoors, here are the documents you’ll need:

If you wish to restart events run by a professional organisation, here are the documents you’ll need:


Activities that will remain on hold:​

  • Meetings in unmanaged venues
  • Meetings in members' homes
  • Coach trips
  • Street and store collections
  • Stalls and activities
  • Low-level physical activities organised by groups (such as wheel and walks)