In response to COVID-19, VANS provides regular updates to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, if you would like to be included on this distribution list to receive these updates directly, please email us.
National Policy Guidelines – the most up to date and relevant guidelines for the sector can be accessed through the NCVO website. The .Gov Business pages provide more detailed guidance for employees, employers and businesses. Government have now announced a package of support for charities equating to £700m nationally, more details of this support can be found here.
In response to the escalating COVID-19 situation, please see key updates for VCSE’s across North Somerset.
Local Funding and Business Support - Quartet Community Foundation have launched a COVID-19 Community Response fund, follow the link to it on their website to find out more - https://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/coronavirus-response-fund/. The Economic Development team at NSC have created a COVID-19 business support page, including details of national grants/loans and other useful information for businesses
Community Groups & Mutual Aids – with the mass concerted effort taking place through new and existing community groups and mutual aids providing support within communities. Before setting up something new, you might like to check the register of mutual aids to see if there is something already happening in your area. In addition, we wanted to share ‘our top 5 things to think about’ when overseeing a community group, forum or mutual aid:
Avoid providing unqualified advice – instead offer support and signposting to services (NSOD is a useful starting place for info)
As group leaders/moderators, you should not personally arrange contacts or mutual agreements
Moderate posts on forums - be aware of safeguarding and your duty of care to protect vulnerable adults
Services provided should be voluntary - no financial transactions involved
Ensure that links to Government guidelines are accessible on your pages, and try to keep them updated regularly
VANS has collated a list of Mutual Aids and Community Groups providing support across North Somerset to enable us to share wider communications with the relevant group leads, this list will be shared on our website (see green button on right). If you would like to be included on the list please go to the following link:
or please email us your name, group name and geographical area/s of focus and we will include you in any future communications - email@example.com.
North Somerset Together - is a local authority initiative that aims to help residents who have no support from family or friends and who are socially isolated to access the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. North Somerset Together will also help those who want to donate to link up with the foundations and signpost businesses to relevant information. The service provides a single point of access to enable those with greater needs to be identified and escalated to suitable wellbeing support.
Volunteer Training and Resources – in partnership with Weston College, VANS has developed an accredited induction in volunteering for existing volunteers and those wanting to get involved. A free online Google Classroom course has also been designed by Community Learning for VANS. For more information about both these courses, please click HERE.
Individuals Requiring Care and Support – we ask that anyone requiring social care support should go direct to the North Somerset Care Connect service. Residents will be registered centrally and relevant information sent to providers to offer support where applicable.
The team at VANS are on hand to help, please contact us on 01934 416486 (9am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday) if we can be of assistance.
Chief Executive Officer
Community Volunteers programme
Working in partnership with commissioners and providers, VANS has launched a coordinated volunteer initiative to help broker individuals to meet demand in health and social care roles and within other statutory service provision throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you are an individual who would like to register to volunteer then click on the following pink button and complete the registration form or download the word.doc and email it back to us -
Individuals wanting to volunteer:
or download, complete and
email the word doc back to us
We will be in contact with you within 48-72 hours to process your registration to volunteer.
Service Provider needing support from volunteers:
If you are a service provider with identified need for support from volunteers, contact the VANS team on 01934 416486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what additional support you require, what, if any experience they should have and whether they need to have a current DBS certification.
Alternatively complete the following word document and email it back to us at:
COVID-19 North Somerset Communities providing support
We are collating information about the organisations and community groups providing support to residents of North Somerset. By clicking HERE, you will be able to add the relevant information about your community group/organisation which we will ensure is posted on our website and kept up-to-date.
Letter to support groups