Updated: 7 April 2020
You’re likely aware that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Coronavirus a pandemic.
We know many leaders and managers of volunteers are working hard to manage risk, communications and infrastructure with their volunteers as Coronavirus continues, and are looking for guidance.
Rather than repeating the great advice and guidance already produced, we’re directing people to the relevant advice and guidance for their country.
- NCVO’s guidance for the voluntary sector
- NEW: NCVO’s guidance for involving volunteers (free)
- Public Health England
- Symptom checker
These are being updated regularly, they are sharing guidance from other organisations and are adding to it daily. They are good pages to bookmark, and if you don’t already, we would suggest following them on Twitter. Jayne Craven’s blog ‘NEVER a better time to explore Virtual Volunteering than NOW‘ is a good read for anyone looking to develop virtual volunteering opportunities.
What about AVM?
We are facilitating a series of video calls for anyone who works with volunteers. These calls are for people to get together and ask questions, share concerns and what they are doing to support volunteers and volunteering during this crisis. Details are available on our Events page. We are also working to launch a support network for AVM members who are on furlough.
We have launched our first online face in May. We hope our annual conference in October won’t be affected, but we will need to wait and see. We will provide more information as and when we know.
Our support and offer to members during this challenging time
For AVM members, we have the newly launched AVM BiteSize webcasts, as well as other resources available on this website.
We intend to launch a virtual randomised coffee trial at the end of March, to connect members to one another for peer support. We are also in the process of bringing forward the launch of our mentoring programme, where members will be able to apply for a mentor from our membership.