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ONLINE TRAINING: Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers responding to Covid-19

This 90 minute online session via Zoom is aimed at community groups, mutual aid groups and voluntary organisations across Staffordshire.

Have you gained lots of volunteers to help you respond to the current situation? Have you thought about how best to support them? Are you ensuring the volunteers are suitable for the tasks?

This online session will look at safe recruitment, basic training and resources available to them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout.

 

Open Letter to All volunteers in Stafford Borough Councillor Jeremy Pert

Issued 7 March 2020


Good Morning,

In March the world as we knew it changed for so many people in the UK due to the coronavirus. During that month the country went into lockdown apart from those working to keep vital services going, in the NHS, in social care, in farming, food and distribution and in food retailing to name just a few of our key workers.

I am sure we all want to pay tribute to those who are so actively supporting the fightback against COVID-19, including all these people.

A Letter of Appreciation and Thanks to all Volunteers from the President and members of the Rotary Club of Stafford Knot 

On behalf of Rotary and the people of Staffordshire we offer a massive thank you for your kind hearted voluntary work in connection with the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Your kind efforts will be remembered by many people for many years!

Over recent weeks you will have enjoyed just giving something back to the local community.

And now, having found how enjoyable and rewarding voluntary work can be we can offer you an opportunity to continue with your worthwhile service to the local community.

Virtual Internships for charities and not for profits

Keele University is offering student interns to charities and not for profits - free of charge, no PAYE, working from home on a role or project of your choice (Keele will pay the students) - there are many talented students ready to work. Funding is kindly provided by Santander Universities.

Example projects could be research, helping to locate funding sources, administration, data analysis, social media (setting up, running and even training to your staff), Marketing, or help with fundraising

NAVCA - Carry on Campaigning

The government cannot afford to overlook or undervalue the not-for-profit sector at the moment. As we navigate the worst impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, people across the country are relying on VCSE organisations, the essential support they provide and how they shape our society for the better. And we shall all continue to rely on their expertise and experience now, in acute crisis, and as we move on to the recovery effort that lies ahead.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Fund

Closing date: 1st May 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has pledged £100,000 of financial support to community groups and voluntary organisations who are providing critical support to those impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) living in the city. 

The money will be available for community groups and charities to bid into to help them continue to support those who need it most during the pandemic. It will also help to ensure that those organisations that have seen usual funding or fundraising reduce are still able to access additional financial support. 

Stoke-on-Trent City Council pledges £100,000 for community and voluntary organisations

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has pledged £100,000 of financial support to community groups and voluntary organisations who are providing critical support to those impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) living in the city. 

The money will be available for community groups and charities to bid into to help them continue to support those who need it most during the pandemic. It will also help to ensure that those organisations that have seen usual funding or fundraising reduce are still able to access additional financial support. 

The Chief's Blog - April 2020

It has been the most testing, bizarre, emotional, challenging, tiring month, but I have also never been more proud to be part of our local voluntary and community sector.

In a matter of weeks, we have seen our members dramatically reorganise themselves to respond to the pandemic, undertaking new and challenging tasks, recruiting more volunteers, spending their own reserves, forging new relationships, supporting the vulnerable and marginalised, to stay at home, to protect the NHS, and Social Care, and ultimately to save lives.