As we move back towards some form of normality after the Coronavirus pandemic we know that charities voluntary organisations across the town will need additional help and support to help get their organisations up and running again, below you will find a number of pieces of useful information and advice which we feel will help you do this.
 
This page will be updated as and when new information becomes available to us that we think will be useful to local charities and voluntary groups.
 
If there is any information you would like to be included on here or you need help with please get in touch with us, likewise if you have any example documents which you think would be useful for other charities and voluntary groups within Swindon to see please send them through to us and we will add this to the information below.
 
Please email all information to info@vas-swindon.org
 

Funding

Funding help has never been more needed by charities and voluntary groups of all sizes, if you would like help identifying funding for your organisations or help completing an application for then please get in touch with VAS’ Funding and Governance Advice Manager, Carol Willis, who will be more than happy to help you with this.
 
Carol can be contacted by emailing carol@vas-swindon.org
 

Useful Links and Information

Opening Community Building:
ACRE advice on re-opening Village and Community Halls, advice could be transferable for others wanting to open community spaces – overview here and info sheet/guidance here this includes templates for risk assessments etc.
 
Below are some example risk assessments and supporting documents which you can download to help you with your own:
Sanford House Risk Assessment
Sanford House Code of Conduct
Swindon Borough Council Individual Assessment Form
 
Government Information on how to reopen multi purpose buildings can be found here
 
Reopening Services Safely:
Swindon Mind have kindly shared a copy of their risk assessment for the reopening of some of their face to face services to share with the wider sector. Please click on the following link to download a copy of the Swindon Mind Risk Assessment
 
Re-opening after lockdown:
Cranfield Trust – A Practical Guide to Re-Opening after Covid Closedown Webinar – this is also a link for many other of their webinars relevant at this time.
NCVO’s updated Coronavirus guidance pages can be found here
 
Providing Youth activities:
National Youth Agency released guidance earlier this week for local youth providers reopening up services for young people. The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.
 
Digital:
Some useful resources – aimed at supporting digital access for those with limited experience or lack of confidence – makeitclick.learnmyway.com/directory and www.goodthingsfoundation.org/learn-my-way and www.abilitynet.org.uk/ they each approach training in different ways, but all aim to make it as simple / user-friendly as possible.
 
There are also volunteers offering their expertise to help you, details of the help available can be found at: www.digitalboost.org.uk/
 
Returning to Public Fundraising:
Advice on public fundraising published on 25th June – www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/more-from-us/news/coronavirus-covid-19-fundraising-regulator-and-chartered-institute-fundraising
 

Free Training Resources

Swindon Safeguarding Partnership offer lots of free learning: https://safeguardingpartnership.swindon.gov.uk/swindonlscb/info/4/training/11/training/6
 
Free resources from Zurich – includes returning to work and safeguarding https://newsandviews.zurich.co.uk/expert-lab/zurich-risk-insights-podcast-series/
 
Courses available from Open University – and all free! www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue