Volunteer Scotland has compiled a series of general guidance documents for organisation supporting volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- Practical Guidance for Organisations Managing Volunteers during COVID-19
“Please note: only services which are essential should be provided in communities. Volunteers should be encouraged to look out for their neighbours.”
This guidance has a specific volunteering management focus, and lists what those supporting and managing volunteers can do to ensure they all comply with government measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The page is updated regularly.
- Advertising Opportunities During COVID-19
The guidance explains how best to advertise volunteering roles for organisations who wish to recruit in response to COVID-19, including how to find local support and the different ways of getting involved during the pandemic.
- PVG and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Volunteer Scotland’s Disclosure Services (VSDS) has provided an online FAQ around the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, and notes that applicants do not need to wait until they receive their certificate, and can be placed in roles while waiting. (Organisations should consider the risk involved in starting people before the PVG is received and look at whether any additional safeguarding is an option, such as closer supervision. )
VSDS has also noted that they are processing applications for essential care, welfare and support roles as a priority during the pandemic.
For specific and local support around managing your volunteers or PVG applications and membership during this time, please contact CVS Falkirk by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, download the PVG guidance from the CVS Falkirk website.