Covid-19, Coronavirus – Can You Help?
If you would like to support others within your community during this time, you can get involved in the following ways in Ceredigion:
- If you are already part of a community group/ organisation, please contact them to see if you can help.
- Can you help your friends and neighbours?
- Communities have established local teams across Ceredigion. Please search social media for your nearest network to undertake roles to do with transport, shopping and befriending.
- CAVO will be promoting any specific opportunities in due course. If you are interested in volunteering we’d like to hear from you, please click on the following link to view the Volunteering Wales post to express your interest in volunteering Covid-1o Call to Action, Ceredigion or contact us and we’ll take your details –CAVO – 01570 423 232 – email@example.com
We understand and appreciate your offer of help at this time. Volunteers are much needed throughout the year to support communities and if you would like to consider other opportunities please see www.volunteering-wales.net
CAVO VOLUNTEER CENTRE – What we do
Supporting volunteering in Ceredigion
CAVO Volunteer Centre supports voluntary work in Ceredigion. Through working closely with organisations throughout the county we are able to provide a service to individuals, who are interested in volunteering, and to organisations, who involve volunteers in their work.
The Centre’s aim is to encourage the use of volunteers and to raise standards for volunteers, service providers and service users. The service is available to all voluntary organisations in Ceredigion that register with the Centre and work towards best practice. We help organisations to develop policies, and provide information about all issues relating to the management of volunteers.
Help for voluntary and community organisations
Voluntary and community organisations register with the Centre and inform us of their current volunteering opportunities. These are then matched to potential volunteers, who are also taken through a registration process to find out what their interests and skills are.
Help for volunteers
We have over 200 organisation registered that are looking for volunteers. The opportunities cover a whole range of activities. So whatever you’re interested in, wherever you live, whatever your skills, please contact us and let us help you. We hold regular outreach and volunteering events around Ceredigion to enable volunteers to discuss their interest and see the variety of opportunities available.
We also display details of all our current volunteering opportunities on the Volunteering Wales website www.volunteering-wales.net.
Please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Charity Commission has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides to help trustees
The Charity Commission, the charity regulator for England and Wales, has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law.
The new guides cover five key aspects of charity management – a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator expects all trustees to be aware of.
They explain the basics of:
- financial oversight
- achieving a charity’s purposes
- good decision making
- addressing conflicts of interest
- what to file with the Commission and what support is available
This ‘gateway’ level guidance will make it easier and quicker for all trustees to check what is expected and to find more detailed information if needed, which is all the more important as charities respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Commission’s research and testing with trustees have helped shape their design and content.
The publications come as part of the Commission’s programme, outlined in its 2020/21 Business Plan, to deliver updated core guidance and an improved website, so that it is easier for trustees, who are overwhelmingly unpaid volunteers, to access the information they need. This is in line with the Commission’s strategic priority of ensuring trustees have the tools and understanding they need to succeed, and helping them maximise the difference they make.
The new tools have been launched to coincide with Trustees’ Week, the annual celebration of charity trustees and the contribution they make to society.
A case study from Tenovus Cancer Care, part of our #CharityShopVolunteersWales campaign in partnership with the Charity Retail Association.
‘Whatever people say, having cancer is completely life changing. The experience left me with absolute fear for my future, and in the early stages I struggled to think about anything else. I was silly because I didn’t tell anyone, and because I kept my hair for a good part of the treatment I didn’t need to tell anyone.
‘I’d read about Tenovus Cancer Care in a leaflet given at a radiotherapy open evening for patients and their families. Their support was superb and the timing of it was great. I’ve been able to put things into perspective, overcome my fear and face the future more positively.
‘I decided to start volunteering at my local Tenovus Cancer Care shop in Mumbles once a week. I met the team in September last year, saw how it all worked, learnt their procedures and started to feel really good about it.
‘I’d only been volunteering for a few months when the Coronavirus pandemic came along and the shop was forced to close. The whole team managed to keep in touch through a group chat though which was brilliant for lifting each other’s spirits at times.
‘Being told the shop was able to reopen in early August was great. I was looking forward to volunteering again and spent my first week back cleaning and installing personal protective equipment. Our winter range was still on display so it was a real team effort to get the shop ready for customers.
‘Mumbles is a small town with a lovely community and working in the local charity shop means I get to feel like a bigger part of it. The regular customers are already coming back to see us and it’s nice to have those catch-up conversations at the till point.
‘Keeping busy is a good distraction from anything, and being in the shop is an absolute tonic. I volunteer with a great bunch of people and if I’m feeling down they are a joy to be around. I’ve been given so much by Tenovus Cancer Care and volunteering is going to be a good way of giving something back.’
This week (from 12 October 2020) WCVA in partnership with the Charity Retail Association will be sharing the stories of charity shop volunteers in Wales. Keep an eye on WCVA’s website and social media (where we’ll be using #CharityShopVolunteersWales) to hear about a range of different experiences from individuals volunteering in charity shops.
Volunteering during the pandemic should only be done with due care and consideration for the wellbeing of volunteers, staff and customers. You’ll find safeguarding guidance on our Covid-19 guidance and resources page. For information about limitations or considerations for local lockdowns in wales visit: gov.wales/local-lockdown.
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