What we’ve been doing in lockdown

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If you said to me at the beginning of the year you would be living through a pandemic, working from home and wearing masks I would have asked what science fiction movie have you been watching?

But here were are.

In March the Development Team and Volunteers Centre had to decamp from downtown Eccles to our homes across Salford and beyond. This was a technological challenge at first, but everyone can now work from home and do the work we normally do – albeit differently.

The Volunteer Centre has had to change what it normally does and has been coordinating and recruited Emergency Response Volunteers as part of their role in the Spirit of Salford Network. They have had to process hundreds of references and DBS checks over the past few months as well as place people in emergency volunteer opportunities in both public and VCSE sector organisations. The people of Salford have shown how generous they are and over 600 people volunteered to be called upon to support food banks, cover helplines, shop for people, make deliveries of vital medicines and much more.

We still need volunteers and you can register here.

The Development Team have been continuing to support small charities and VCSE organisations during this time. Instead of face to face meetings and training, we now connect via telephone or online through Zoom. Funding remains our number one request for support and with all the new COVID-19 funding coming out we have been working hard to let VCSE organisations know about this funding through funding bulletins, our website, funding portal and meet the funder online events.

Our funding portal can be found here.

Some of our projects like Skill Givers and the Local Delivery Pilot for Girls and Young Women and Physical Activity have had to be put on hold for the time being, but the staff involved have been redeployed to help with the keep in touch calls and emergency response activities.

Our biggest challenge has been to get our training out of the classroom and online. We have managed to do this with our shorter courses like Funding Focus, Trustees Training and Meet the Funder.  However the longer courses like Win That Bid, Child and Adult Safeguarding will have to be delivered differently as we can’t expect people to spend a whole day on Zoom – I struggle with Zoom at the best of times!  We are working towards this and Win That Bid will be delivered this week in its new format and Adult Safeguarding Training will be delivered in July.

Our training and events can be found here.

We are still here and open for business and if you have any queries please call 0161 787 7795 or email office@salfordcvs.co.uk or our online referral form and we will be in touch with you.

Salford CVS
Author: 
Anne-Marie, Services Manager

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