Hello everyone. As per the COVID-19 government advice we are practicing social distancing and avoiding all non-essential contact and travel. This is an evolving situation, so be sure to check back for updates. (Last update: 28th March)
What does this mean for our services? Our face-to-face services are on hold for now.
However, we are still very much open for business and are currently busy gathering volunteering roles which can help with the COVID-19 response as well as volunteering roles which can be done remotely. Watch this space for details of that. (In the meantime, we have been retweeting any relevant calls for volunteering on our Twitter account.)
How you can help with the local COVID-19 response
We have published a Good Neighbour Guide which you can print and distribute in your local community. It also includes advice on how to keep yourself safe and this guide will be updated regularly when any new advice is issued by the government. Please feel free to download and distribute far and wide. And keep checking back for any updates.
For those of you who would like to offer help you also can pledge support locally via online portal Time to Spare (TTS).
A few other volunteering ideas
If you want to volunteer right now, then you can get in touch with your local mutual aid group.
If you want to volunteer to help the NHS, visit www.goodsamapp.org/nhs
There are three roles to choose from:
- Transport Volunteer
- Community Response Volunteer
- Check in & Chat volunteer (this one can be done from home)
Organisations that need volunteers for their Covid-19 response, please create a Time To Spare account and once there you have choose from and contact the 100s of local people who have pledged practical local support. Check out this short (48 second!) video demonstrating how organisations can sign up quickly and easily. Or have a look at the video below:
How does Time to Spare work?
Time to Spare is supported by Camden Council, Volunteer Centre Camden, Kentish Town Community Centre, Holborn Community Association and Castlehaven Community Association.
They say: ‘We are building a list of people who can support those who are most at risk from the coronavirus pandemic and others who are struggling and might need help. Along with our voluntary sector partners, we will use this information to coordinate your pledges of support in Camden. This will help make sure everyone receives the help they need.’
Anyone who feels they can help can sign up to volunteer and join the effort here.
Our Services for Volunteers and Organisations
As always, if you want to volunteer you can search for volunteering roles 24/7 on our website. Please note that a number of organisations are putting recruitment on hold for now. Especially for any face-to-face services, but it’s still worth applying for roles as services are responding to the current situation and most organisations still need volunteers, albeit in a different capacity.
Organisations, please tag your available opportunities that are available during this situation under the code COVID19. This applies to new or existing roles. To do this add ‘COVID19’ after the title of your opportunities. For example ‘Telephone Befriender’ will be changed to ‘Telephone Befriender COVID19’. As soon as your roles are uploaded (or amended) volunteers looking for opportunities will be able to search for the keyword COVID19 on the volunteer centre online platform Simply Connect.
If you have any questions about this contact us by email. We are happy to help.
If you’re an organisation that prefers telephone or email guidance instead of coming to see us in person, then get in touch with our Best Practice Manager Shafia by email.
Our events and appointments scheduled for April have been put on hold for now. However, we will go ahead with our Volunteer Managers’ Cafe on 1st April — in a virtual way. Bear with us while we figure out the best way to do this. And check back for updates.
More in-depth information for Organisations:
As the situation is evolving, it is important that you keep an eye on the Gov.UK website for the latest guidance and information. The VCS has an important role to play in providing reassurance, particularly to vulnerable residents, so please ensure that any advice you are passing on is based on the latest information and official guidance.
This is a good time to check and review your business continuity plans. The Charities Facilities Management Group has some simple guidance on things to consider as part of business continuity management.
NCVO has also produced this helpful information about how Coronovirus may affect your organisation.