This PDF is for people who want to volunteer in their community as part of Bristol's response to coronavirus.

The city has come together and we've all seen good examples of community action, but it is important for all volunteers to know how to get started with coronavirus volunteering in a safe and responsible way, without risking their own mental or physical health or personal safety. 

Download the guide below to find out the do's and don'ts of community volunteering during coronavirus. 

Young woman in brown apron wearing black and green gardening gloves, holding hands up
28 June, 2021


According to new research from the Royal Voluntary Service, seventy per cent of students are looking to do volunteer work this summer: welcome news for volunteer managers and coordinators who have seen numbers fluctuate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Red, yellow, cream and blue balloons in blue sky with clouds
10 June, 2021


It’s been a brilliant start to the summer for many of our members, as they’ve stopped to reflect on their achievements and the hard work of their volunteers. Find out what they’ve been up to, and how you can support them.

Man's hand pointing at analytics on laptop screen in office space with plant
8 June, 2021


If your organisation has an office space (either a standalone office or a co-working arrangement), what should you consider about the return to office working as lockdown eases? And are there any differences between private companies and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations returning to the office?

Houria, which means ‘freedom’, is a pan-African catering social enterprise that specifically supports, trains and employs migrant women and survivors of slavery. It was founded in 2019, by Kim Prado, with values of empowerment, sisterhood, enterprise and cooperation.

Colourful doors in apartment block to suggest community and diversity
19 May, 2021


The Month of Community is a new way of combining the many causes and awareness weeks in June, to make one month-long campaign that celebrates many people in our society who might otherwise be overlooked – for example, carers, refugees, and people facing loneliness.

You’ll recognise many of the awareness weeks and events taking place during the month, including Volunteers’ Week, Carers Week, Small Charity Week and Refugee Week, and this is a chance to amplify them all.

20 April, 2021


New Philanthropy Capital (known as NPC) has published a new report about place-based (geographical) collaboration, called Coordination in Place, to examine how attitudes to collaborating have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report focuses on local coordinators in Buckinghamshire, Coventry and Sutton, though its findings will be useful to anyone looking at community action in the UK.

Bristol Remembers community leaders promoting city event to remember coronavirus losses
15 March, 2021


As we reflect on 12 months of life-changing regulations to try and stop the spread of COVID-19, a range of Bristol organisations will mark the occasion by releasing a new short film reflecting on the losses in our communities and the community spirit that helped us get through these difficult times.


We're inviting you to the online launch event for a new city-wide report that looks at Bristol's voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector response to COVID-19 and how we can use it to inform a VCSE strategy for the future. 

The report, called Designing a New Social Reality: The Future of the Bristol Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector Beyond COVID-19, was written by Black South West Network (BSWN) in partnership with Voscur and Locality. It was funded by Power To Change Trust, Bristol City Council and Quartet Community Foundation. 

Wednesday, 17 March, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:45
Single father with young daughter in urban street with trees
10 March, 2021


A new report from Single Parent Rights has revealed that 96% of single parents want being a single parent added as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act, reflecting the discrimination they face in society. The research included responses from over 1,000 people parenting alone.


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