Volunteering

Volunteering Support

Cheshire East Social Action Partnership is working with strategic partners from across the Borough to co-ordinate support for volunteers and organisations that provide volunteering opportunities.

We are campaigning to raise the profile of volunteering in Cheshire East and to encourage more people to take part. This includes ensuring a range of volunteering opportunities are generated that are appropriate to individuals with differing commitments.

We also provide support for volunteer managers needing to recruit, train, retain and manage volunteers in a range of different settings, and to come together in networks to share learning and best practice.

More information including our unique Cheshire East Volunteering Brokerage Service and new ‘open to anyone’ Cheshire East Volunteer Managers Network will be provided here in the coming months.

If you are interested in Volunteering, are a VCFSE group or organisation looking for volunteers, a Volunteer Manager needing support and advice, or business which is considering how you can support Cheshire East communities through employee volunteering or other volunteering activities, please contact our Team.

 

COVID-19 People Helping People Community Response and Virtual Volunteer Network

As the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to impact on the UK, those who are vulnerable or who may need to self-isolate, need support to access everyday essentials, advice and help to get them through the virus pandemic.

There are different ways in which you can help people locally in Cheshire East. If you are looking to provide support or volunteer please visit the Cheshire East Council website or contact Cheshire East Council on 0300 123 5034 for more information and to register your details.

The Cheshire East Social Action Partnership is working closely with Cheshire East Council, partners and the VCFSE sector as part of a co-ordinated approach called People Helping People. The Social Action Partnership is leading on work to help develop a Community Response including the development of a Virtual Volunteer Network, which includes a series of Volunteer Coordination Points covering the 8 Cheshire East Care Communities areas. We are also providing guidance for volunteers.

Virtual Volunteer Network

A People Helping People, Community Response Virtual Volunteer Network has been rapidly developed by the Social Action Partnership, building on the good work already underway by VCFSE groups and organisations in Care Communities areas. We are asking existing organised groups to join this Network and supporting others to established. Our aim is to develop Community Response Volunteer Coordination Points which cover the Care Communities areas which are able to coordinate volunteers locally and match them to support needed by individuals and families who are impacted upon by Covid-19. Volunteer Coordination Points provide a single point of contact through which to channel support, advice and communication.

Volunteer Coordination Points can offer the following core provision:

•  Able to link with food banks in their area or other food provision and distribution for those in need
•  Act as a volunteer hub for those who have offered their support to be linked to local need
•  Volunteers who can offer advice and guidance, shop for essentials for vulnerable and self-isolating individuals, and conduct wellbeing phone calls

The Social Action Partnership has also developed Guidance for Volunteer Coordination Points to assist with their development and in providing an effective response, including guidance for volunteers, policy templates that Coordination Points can adopt to ensure they are delivering support and managing volunteers safely, and information to signpost to other local organisations and wider support needs such as domestic abuse, mental health advice or supporting someone who has lost a loved one.

For more information about the current Volunteer Coordination Points please see the following Virtual Volunteer Network Public Upload 13-11-20

People Helping People Volunteer Guidance 

The following resources have been prepared by the Social Action Partnership working closely with Cheshire East Council, partners and the VCFSE sector. They are intended for use by People helping People volunteers that have offered to volunteer as part of the People Helping People response to the current Covid-19 situation.

The information is designed to provide volunteers with guidance and help in providing support to individuals safely and to remain safe as a volunteer. This also includes background information and guidance for different volunteering roles.

For further information or to get involved with the Virtual Volunteer Network please contact our Team.

General rules for keeping safe and well whilst supporting your local community throughout the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Social Distancing – Don’t enter people’s houses – stay on the doorstep and keep 2 metres apart.
  • Be kind and respectful.
  • Respect everyone’s privacy helping vulnerable people requires mutual trust e.g. don’t share any private information or contact details without consent from the individual.
  • Follow Public Health’s Guidance on infection control around COVID-19. Follow up to date information on @PHE_uk or visit the PHE website.
  • Self-isolate if you feel unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who has/had the virus . Guidance on this is available on the NHS website.
  • Keep in touch if volunteering always carry a mobile phone and let someone know where you are going and when you are due to return home.

We are updating this information on a regular basis and will have more updates for how you can give help or get help locally.