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Walking someone else’s dog?

In Covid 19 vol news, News by Nina Porter

The official Government advice for people with pets is available here   The advice for those walking dogs on behalf of someone not able to is: “You may also leave your house to provide care or help a vulnerable person. This includes walking a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self isolating or …

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Finance Issues – for Covid-19 Support Groups

In Covid 19 vol news, News by Nina Porter

Safe systems for handling financial transactions, with people you are supporting Groups need to think about using a system that is safe for both the person you are supporting and the volunteer.  The right system may vary depending on the size of the group and whether your organisation has access to funds for a float and/or a bank account.  The …

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Introduction to Safeguarding for Covid-19 Support Groups

In Covid 19 vol news, News by Nina Porter

Safeguarding may be an unfamiliar term for some new groups – it means making sure your organisation is run in a way that actively prevents harm, abuse and neglect. It’s also about being ready to respond safely and well if there is a problem.   If you are part of a group or organisation that is helping vulnerable people in …

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Offer your business help for Covid-19 response

In Covid 19 vol news, Team challenge by Nina Porter

The Government is requesting businesses who may be able to assist in the response to Covid-19 to register their offers of support through the website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business The support needed includes things like: medical testing equipment medical equipment design protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser hotel rooms transport and logistics, for moving goods or people manufacturing …

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Briefing on Volunteering and the “extremely vulnerable” group

In Covid 19 vol news, News by Nina Porter

This post provides information on: 1. Who the ‘shielded group’ of 1.5m people are, and how the Government plans to support them 2. General Government guidance on volunteering 3. The latest specific information on how you can provide voluntary support to address the consequences of Covid-19 (for the ‘shielded group’ or others) Information about the ‘extremely vulnerable’ group (or the …

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Managing volunteers effectively – DutyMan system

In Covid 19 vol news, News by Nina Porter

New and existing organisations may be managing a larger volume of volunteers than usual in order to support people in the community.  It will be increasingly important to have a good system in place for organising who is doing what, for whom and when.   Local charity, Renewed Hope Trust, has experience in this area and has strongly recommended DutyMan web …

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Covid 19 Community Support Groups – Resources

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page by Nina Porter

If you are involved in setting up a new group to support people in your local area – this is a useful set of pointers to get you started. Community Works – Setting up a Community Group VARB has put together some advice for informal and small groups to consider when offering your support – available to download here See …

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Help VARB help others – tell us about any community support you are offering

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page, News, Consultation by Nina Porter

Many local organisations are responding to Covid-19 by offering support to others in their community.  Many new groups are also setting up to offer support.  To make the most of this fantastic response, it is important to map and co-ordinate the services available.  This will help to ensure the most vulnerable people get help. If you are providing (or planning …

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Register here to become a COVID 19 Community Support Volunteer

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page, Team challenge by Nina Porter

Please click HERE to register as a volunteer. Over the coming months voluntary and public services in Reigate & Banstead will come under increasing pressure – more vulnerable people will need support at a time when organisations have reduced capacity. To help prepare, VARB is encouraging potential volunteers to register for a pool of Community Support Volunteers.   We will …