We need the support of businesses in this vital time.
In response to Covid-19, the leading organisations that support both the charity sector and volunteering initiatives across the UK have come together to ask for help.
We are uniting our resources around this unprecedented challenge, and we are combining our resources and asks to make it easy for people to support the sector and their communities during this time.
We need your support to help us develop and deliver support across the country, so we are asking major companies across the UK to find ways of contributing by identifying staff who might have time to help. If you have people working from home on limited or reduced capacity, we would like you to consider deploying them temporarily to support the needs of the charity sector as they arise over the coming months.
Register your business in supporting a community response to Covid-19 by completing this short survey.
At this stage we are urgently developing a database of potential volunteers, and on behalf of all the signatories, Volunteering Matters is asking you to help by filling out the attached form. We are particularly interested in the following skills-based areas;
- Public Relations, Media Relations and Digital Communications – We continue to receive numerous requests in different sources from media and press outlets. We wish to move to a proactive engagement strategy where we can ensure that the right information on community action, what you can do safely and where to go is made available to the public.
- General digital / Technology / systems skills – Currently, the team are convening on WhatsApp and across email. As our response becomes more sophisticated, the ability to share key documents and information at pace is going to be vital. We need people that can help us setup and manage the virtual spaces required to collaborate at pace through the crisis, cross organisation. We are also likely to want to publish resources and guidance in form of documents, videos and online training to the wider sector and communities, and any support to implement these platforms would be very welcome
- Risk / Health assessors – Although we are publishing advice to community groups on how to volunteer and support safely, we would like to put in place an email / contact service where community groups can get specific advice from us on risks and safeguarding considerations in particular types of community activity. We will give full training on the issues to risk and health and safety professionals, but require people with these skills to support this activity.
- Logistics – given the huge demands on the effort to mobilise food, supplies and other key items and people around socially isolated individuals and in a restrictive environment, we will need support building plans to do this safely and at speed.
- Pro bono services – This may be in areas such as legal to help develop waivers for those participating in volunteering activities and/or to help ensure the sector protected as it helps make risk , or HR as decisions need to be made on resourcing in light of the crisis unfolding and financial pressures on charities.
However, we will also consider ideas / offers / skill suggestions from all sectors and disciplines if you think you can help with the planning of what is going to be the most challenging co-ordination response many of us have faced in our lifetime.
How will it work?
Volunteering Matters will hold a database of the people and/or companies giving their time with a record of how can help and associated skills, and assign particular areas to them where packages of work require their assistance. We will not have all the answers ourselves, so we will also facilitate for ideas from thought leaders on strategies to support these efforts back into the consortia for consideration, convening conversations amongst thought leaders to help craft responses to the crisis.
Complete the survey and someone will contact you to discuss further.
Thanks for your support,
Paul Reddish, Chief Executive, Volunteering Matters
Vicky Browning, Chief Executive, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)
Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group
Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive, Directory of Social Change
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive, Institute of Fundraising
Fadi Itani, Chief Executive, Muslim Charities Forum
Jane Ide, Chief Executive, National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
Karl Wilding, Chief Executive, National Council of Volunteering Organisations (NCVO)
Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Ruth Marks, Chief Executive, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, (WCVA)
Michael Adamson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Community Sector Emergency Partnership