Spark Somerset COVID-19 Update
Support the Somerset Coronavirus Vaccinaton Programme
You can help your community by volunteering to support the Somerset Covid-19 Vaccination Programme! We're looking for volunteer stewards to help out at vaccination sites across the county. Click here to get involved.
Be a Covid Community Champion
Covid Community Champions help their family, friends, colleagues and the wider community to make sense of the latest advice and information about Covid-19. You’ll take part in a short online training session and receive regular updates on Covid-19 and other local health and wellbeing support. You can then share the information across your networks, in whatever format works best. You’ll also get to attend regular meetings with your fellow champions and talk about how things are going in your area. Find out more here.
Even more support for COVID-19 groups
We recently welcomed Sandra Smith to the team, and her role will focus on supporting the community-led groups that were established during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping them to develop and build upon the amazing work that has already taken place. Sandra can help your group to access a range of support, including information and guidance, help to connect with other organisations, funding advice and training opportunities. Email email@example.com to find out more.
We will also share the latest COVID-19 information, guidance and resources below. We'll keep this list updated, so check back regularly.
The Charity Commission has put together some COVID-19 guidance for the charity sector. Click here.
NCVO have issued Guidance for VCSE groups on protecting staff and volunteers which they are regularly updating - this includes information on prevention and social distancing, risk assessments and returning to work safely. Click here.
Coronavirus and Your Charity - guidance from the Charity Finance Group is available here.
Government guidance on managing financial difficulties for your organisation caused by COVID-19 is available here.
Take a look at NAVCA's Volunteering Flow Chart to help you work out which volunteering activities can be done safely in person, or remotely during the third lockdown.
Spark a Change is a free online platforms to recruit volunteers or find volunteering opportunities.
We’ve created an information pack for volunteer groups, to help them support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download it here.
Read our guidance for volunteers making friendly phone calls here.
Read Government Guidance on how to volunteer safely here.
Read Guidance on from NCVO here.
Guidance for volunteers supporting people outside of their homes is here.
Join our Facebook group for COVID-19 support group coordinators to share ideas, get information and find out what’s working well for other groups.
Safely Resuming Your Services
Guidance on how to make your workplace safe and secure is available here.
Guidance on face-to-face gatherings for community groups is available here.
We have funding available for groups providing COVID-19 related support to buy small essential items, up to the value of £250. Find out more and submit an application here.
Health and Wellbeing
Somerset CCG has published information on the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Click here.
Find information and resources on staying safe and well at home here.
Anybody in need of support can contact the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 7906275)
Anybody in need of mental health support can contact Open Mental health, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01823 276892.
Tune in to weekly wellbeing sessions on BBC Radio Somerset, Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm. Find out more here.
Listen to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast, with NHS Somerset CCG's Dr. Andrew Tressider and Dr. Peter Bagshaw. Find out more and listen here.
Information on safeguarding for COVID-19 support groups is available here.
Download Somerset County Council's guidance for groups on safeguarding children in the community here.
Free online Safeguarding training for COVID-19 support group volunteers from Independent Safeguarding Service CIC is available here.
Catch up on webinars on safeguarding adults, aimed at volunteers offering front line support, and Quick guide to safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 pandemic from The Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Read Safeguarding guidance from NCVO here.
Read COVID-19 Advice for Social Care, from the Social Care Institute for Excellence here.
Get easy to follow guidance and a downloadable data protection policy from the Information Commissioners Office here.
Digital Support for Organisations
Spark a Change is our free online platform where groups can recruit and manage volunteers, and individuals can pledge their support.
Number People are offering free UK phone numbers to COVID-19 support groups! Find out more here.
Find a wide range of digital resources for VCSE organisations at www.thecatalyst.org.uk.