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. 

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:

Community organisation meeting
27 July, 2020

 

The first round of the COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) opens at 10am on Tuesday 28 July 2020. Grants of up to £100,000 are available to organisations led by the community that are facing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. 

Eligible organisations deliver community support and services to support people most at risk of COVID-19. There is an emphasis on supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-supporting or BAME-led businesses.

 

Due to COVID-19, charities and community groups have had to move most face-to-face meetings online, and this includes meetings of their board and directors. However, you need to make sure your Articles of Association allow for remote meetings, e.g. 'by suitable electronic means'.

This guidance, produced by Voscur, explains the two options you have if there is no clause in your Articles of Association allowing for remote meetings. 

Virtual meeting collaboration
23 July, 2020

 

More than 550 Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations and academics have signed an open letter to Research England and to UK national newspapers, calling for a review into VCSE sector engagement with universities in the emerging UK Research & Development (R&D) Roadmap

22 July, 2020

The government has opened the Community Match Challenge – a match-funding scheme for initiatives supporting the coronavirus response.

Under the scheme, grant makers can apply for a share of £85 million, with grants expected to be in the range of £5–20 million; applications below £1 million will not be considered.

 

The COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants of up to £100,000 to community organisations recovering from the effects of coronavirus. Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. 

This webinar involves an overview of the grant application criteria and the application process, followed by a live Q&A. 

The scheme is run on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund by Locality, Power to Change, Social Investment Business, and The Ubele Initiative. 

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 23 July, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:00

 

Have you been working in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic? Whether you're a staff member at a community organisation or you're one of the 3,500 volunteers who helped with COVID relief efforts, Bristol City Council's Community Development Team invites you to a city conversation to share your views. 

This event involves looking at current developments on COVID-19, imagining what recovery might look like in the city, and the kind of help your community needs. There will be breakout discussions and networking opportunities.

 

Date/Time: 
Friday, 24 July, 2020 - 09:00 to 11:00
Feeding Bristol Healthy Holidays campaign
16 July, 2020

 

Feeding Bristol has launched its Healthy Holidays fundraising appeal to help more than 14,250 disadvantaged children over the school holidays.

Money raised will go towards providing food and activities in areas of high deprivation. The programme includes a range of activity packs, cooking classes, and cookery films to guide families in making nutritious recipes.

Charity digital skills using digital devices: phone tablet and laptop
14 July, 2020

 

The Charity Digital Skills Report 2020 has been released, exploring the state of digital skills across the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, and tracking the impact of coronavirus on digital technology and service provision.

This report, the fourth in the annual series, was produced by Zoe Amar Digital and Skills Platform in partnership with Catalyst. Data was collected from 429 people in the VCSE sector from 3 March – 24 May 2020; 13% of respondents were from the South West. 

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