Resources to help you respond to Covid-19
NDVS has produced some useful guidance documents on Collecting Prescriptions, Telephone Befriending and Handling Money Safely (a guide for people who are using community help for shopping, collecting prescriptions etc.)
As we move away from the initial lockdown phase, you might also find 'Moving on from Crisis Response' useful to help you think about what changes you may begin to make and how to plan for the weeks and months ahead
NCVO KnowHow has comprehensive guidance related to the current situation covering advice on managing and safeguarding volunteers, how to protect your staff and the people you are working with and contingency planning for your organisation
If you are using volunteers to help deliver or enhance your services right now, it's important to do a quick review of your volunteering policies and processes. You don't need to start from scratch - you can use the DeVA Volunteering Health Check guidance and there is lots of info right here on our Fact Sheets pages. We are also here for you if you need any help.
If you are looking for useful training for your volunteers, British Red Cross has developed Coronavirus Training to help people volunteer safely
Check out DeVA's short animations on 'Supporting Volunteering', 'Volunteer Advice', 'Telephone Befriending' and 'Safeguarding (Please note these were created before current restrictions were in place so volunteers need to make sure they follow the most up-to-date guidelines regarding social distancing etc)
The Information Commissioner has published information on Data Protection and Covid-19 for community groups that are being set up, or already exist.
Ladbrook insurance company has developed guidance regarding insurance considerations for community groups during the coronavirus crisis
Devon County Council is updating its Community Support Groups page to try and capture all the voluntary activity which is taking place. You can also add info about what your group is doing
Safeguarding Advice for Devon volunteers has just been updated by the Devon Adults Safeguarding Board Remember to look after yourself. Our Frontline is a partnership between leading mental health charities offering round-the-clock mental health support to key workers responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Get in touch with them if you are working on the frontline and feel you need someone to talk to
MIND has online resources to support people who are feeling anxious or stressed and need some help to cope at the moment
Tips and advice for helping people stay connected are available on the Campaign to End Loneliness website
Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit to help young people maintain positive mental health during lockdown
Recovery College Online have a range of over 30 free online mental health and wellbeing courses and resource