Volunteering and community response

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to affect individuals and organisations across the district, local communities are responding and providing support and reassurance to those who need it the most. We have created this page to provide useful links to advice and support for people who need help, those who want to help and organisations that are contributing to the effort. This page will be updated as we receive new information.

  • If you are feeling vulnerable, concerned or in need of assistance

    Citizens Advice Winchester District can help with money, benefit, housing or employment problems. You can get advice:

    Please be reassured that there are local organisations and groups that are available to help you if you are vulnerable. For a wide range of guidance and advice click here: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus.

    Many communities are coming together to support the more vulnerable people within their area.  For contact details of local support groups who can assist click here: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/)

  • If you want to volunteer to help

    Community First is the Council for Voluntary Service and is matching volunteers with organisations that need assistance.  Register using the volunteering website at https://www.volunteerwessex.org/.

    Alternatively, you can use the Mutual aid website to find activities in your local area that might welcome volunteer assistance:  https://covidmutualaid.org/get-involved/.

  • If you are an organisation or group of volunteers in need of advice or guidance

    All voluntary organisations will be experiencing concern as the coronavirus (covid-19) situation develops.

    Community First can support groups to work safely and implement appropriate safeguarding measures.  If you need support or assistance in setting yourselves up to help people suffering the effects of the coronavirus, you can contact a member of the Community Development or Volunteering Team at Community First through their website at https://www.cfirst.org.uk/ or by contacting support@cfirst.org.uk or calling 0300 500 8085.

    The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have produced a FAQ document designed to address specific safeguarding questions that people may have at this time who are involved with community groups and volunteering in their community.  It is split into two sections:

    1. Advice for those organising a community volunteer group, and
    2. Advice for individuals wanting to assist those in their local community

    The factsheet can be viewed at Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak

    Even if you are not directly involved in helping people suffering the effects of the coronavirus, your organisation should be planning how best to keep your employees, volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries informed and protected. NCVO have developed guidance for voluntary organisations that can be found here.  If you require help with your contingency planning, you can contact a member of the Community Development or Volunteering Team at Community First by contacting support@cfirst.org.uk.