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. 

12 October, 2020

Voscur Chief Executive recognised with an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours 

Voscur’s Chief Executive, Sandra Meadows, has been recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours list. Her MBE is in recognition of her service to the community of Bristol over 30 years and for her leadership and contribution to Bristol’s Covid-19 emergency response. 

29 September, 2020

The Good Things Foundation has launched a new ‘Blueprint for a 100% Digitally Included UK’.

It is calling upon the government and other organisations to level-up opportunity and #FixTheDigitalDivide.

The campaign proposes:

29 September, 2020

 

Black South West Network (BSWN) has completed new research highlighting the impact that COVID-19 has had on Bristol’s VCSE sector.

The report, Priority Areas for Investment for an effective VCSE recovery post-Covid, assesses how to foster greater community resilience in the new operating environment, and ultimately provide evidence for a thoroughly informed sector that can strengthen a post-lockdown recovery strategy.

 

The #NeverMoreNeeded social media campaign, which raises awareness of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in light of coronavirus, has issued a campaign pack with materials for VCSE organisations to use. 

Mental health online learning
7 September, 2020

 

Thrive Bristol is offering a range of free mental health courses, delivered online, to people who work or volunteer in the city's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The courses focus on general wellbeing, principles of mental health, resilience, suicide awareness, bereavement and much more. 

1 September, 2020

 

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has so far made awards worth a combined total of £140.8 million to communities that need support during the coronavirus crisis. 

The funding is part of the £750 million of the emergency coronavirus support fund that was announced by UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak in April. 

The £140.8 million covers:  

2,546 awards totalling £75.6 million from NLCF budgets 

2,779 awards totalling £65.2 million using DCMS budgets – an increase of £10m in one week 

11 August, 2020

 

Bristol City Council has launched a new survey, giving citizens the opportunity to help shape the future of the city as it rebuilds following lockdown and adapts to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Take Care of Each Other text sign on building
29 July, 2020

 

A new policy paper from Sir Brendan Barber, ACAS Chair from 2014-2020, calls for fairer, more inclusive and flexible workplaces and a new workplace contract as the nation recovers from coronavirus.

Building back: Making working lives better uses insight from long before coronavirus, as well as knowledge gathered during the pandemic. The paper recognises that:

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