If you’re looking to help out in your local communities during this time, please complete the Community Response Volunteers (COVID-19) online form. We will then be in touch with yourselves, along with groups and organisations, to help match up your offer with their needs.
As part of our COVID-19 Community Responses, Resources and Guidance page, we are working to pull together a list of groups and opportunities available for those looking to help out. Once this information is published, anyone will be able to search what’s being done in their local area.
On behalf of the Falkirk third sector, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in volunteering and helping out during this time.
Lots of resources and guidance have been made available to help you as a volunteer during COVID-19, with further information available in the list below:
Ready Scotland, Scottish Government’s Resilience Division, has released guidance on helping out safely on their dedicated website.
The guidance explains the importance of taking care of ourselves and others during this challenging time, no matter where you live – from a flat in a city to a croft on an island – and how you can provide essential support safely, along with where to find additional support, advice for community groups, and on shopping responsibly so everyone can buy what they need.
For further information, please visit the Ready Scotland COVID-19 page.
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.”
- Advertising Opportunities During COVID-19
- PVG and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For further information, please view the full web article.
Alternatively, 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
Volunteer Scotland has also provided an 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: email@example.com
Alternatively, download the PVG guidance and FAQ from the CVS Falkirk website.
In addition to their Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has launched the “Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory“, for people to find and offer help within their communities. The Directory includes a page on volunteering, which features a useful graphic on 5 things you can do to make a positive difference in your community (as can be seen below) from the Eden Project.
(Image caption: Community Action Response graphic from the Eden Project, with 5 things people can do to make a positive difference in their communities, split into different coloured columns: think of others, consider your actions and be kind; connect and reach out to your neighbours; make the most of local online groups; support vulnerable or isolated people; share accurate information and advice.)