Many Visionary members are using more volunteers than ever, often using them in ways they’d never considered pre COVID-19.
Maybe you’re using volunteers for the first time.
This page contains links to useful resources to help you manage, support and train your volunteers.
COVID-19: How to help safely
Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation. This government page has essential information about staying safe as a volunteer and staying safe if a volunteer is helping you.
Advice on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Many Visionary members are using more volunteers than ever, often using them in ways they’d never considered pre COVID-19. Maybe you’re using volunteers for the first time. Check out this advice from the NCVO on involving and managing volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
An excellent source of information – places are often limited so ensure you register as early as you can:
- Involving volunteers during the pandemic: What you need to know 5 May | 10.00 – Top tips on involving and supporting volunteers and an overview of the practical guidance and support available. Details here.
- How to involve and safeguard your volunteers during coronavirus 14 May | 14.00 – Brings you up to date on common volunteering roles, key safeguarding principles and well-being tips for your volunteers. Details here.
Online training course for COVID-19 volunteers
The British Red Cross have developed an online training course for anyone volunteering with a charity or lending a hand to a neighbour. This step by step guide explains how we can look after ourselves and others and the content of the course is regularly updated to reflect the latest situation and advice from government. An excellent resource to include in your volunteer training.
Support for frontline works portal is launched
Members are increasingly highlighting the need to support their volunteers as they support blind and partially sighted people in such difficult times. Samaritans, Mind, Shout, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation have launched Our Frontline. “As Frontline health, care, emergency and key workers, you put yourself at physical risk as you form our frontline against the coronavirus. You are also putting your mental health under pressure. We want to help make sure you get the right support with your mental health, both now and in the future.”
COVID-19 is seeing many members work with their volunteers in very different ways to their usual approaches. Volunteers can do a fantastic job. However, helping is not always straightforward. This film “Volunteers without Tears – why less is sometimes more” tries to illustrate how useful training, guidelines and structure can be for people who are new to volunteering and who may find themselves dealing with difficult situations.