Volunteering round-up: January 2022

Welcome to our first volunteering round-up of 2022, with the latest sector updates and training opportunities.

News of covid-19 restrictions finally being lifted in England will be met with mixed feelings, meanwhile changes are coming into effect from 1 April for anyone volunteering or working in regulated Care Quality Commission (CQC) settings.

We know that covid-19 is still a huge concern for many organisations. Keep an eye on our guidance on involving volunteers and working with staff for practical tips and information to help you through the coming months.

Here are the latest sector updates.

What’s next for the Vision for Volunteering?

The Vision for Volunteering is a national collaboration that aims to create a long-term plan for volunteering in England. In December the project team ran 14 workshops on a range of topics, including:

  • healthy ageing
  • employment and skills
  • the climate emergency
  • health and wellbeing
  • resilient communities
  • young people leading change
  • sport and physical activity.

We’re thankful to the 350 participants who gave us insights that will help shape a long-term plan for volunteering in England.

If you missed out on the workshops, we invite you to run your own consultation workshop. Our downloadable toolkit can help you. Please share your findings with us by 28 February.

Vaccination requirement for health and social care volunteers and workers

From 1 April 2022, anyone volunteering or working in patient-facing and non-clinical roles in health and social care will need to be fully vaccinated against covid-19. If this applies to you, you’ll need to receive your first dose of the vaccine by 3 February 2022.

The regulations apply to health and social care volunteers and workers who carry out CQC-regulated activity; those who have direct, face-to-face contact with service users and are aged 18 and over. It includes people volunteering and working in non-clinical, ancillary roles who enter areas used for CQC-regulated activity as part of their role and those who deliver social care with patients.

An organisation will be legally required to demonstrate the covid-19 vaccination status of their volunteers and workers and will need to collect, store and use information about this in line with UK Data Protection Regulations.

More information:

A Spirit of 2012 Inquiry into the power of events

Spirit of 2012 Trust was borne out of the 2012 Olympics. The trust is a legacy funder, founded to sustain and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and social connectedness that people experienced during the London 2012 Games.

To mark 10 years on from that summer of fun, Spirit of 2012 is holding an inquiry into the power of events. Can events help to build happy, thriving and more connected communities? How can we maximise the social and economic impact of events?

Take part in their open call for evidence and tell them what you think before the inquiry closes at 18.00 on 30 June 2022.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Volunteering Legacy

This summer the Commonwealth Games will dazzle in Birmingham. Excitement is growing and the Organising Committee will begin inviting volunteers to join its 13,000-strong ‘Commonwealth Collective’ from February.

Volunteers will be central to delivering the Games and showing off the best the West Midlands has to offer. Right now, the search is underway for baton bearers! Make your nominations.

Games Organisers are keen to build on the anticipation of the event and want to hear from volunteers and the voluntary sector. The project team will be hosting a series of workshops and brainstorming sessions over the coming weeks. Get in touch with them to help make the games special.

Building Strong Communities Fund now open

Are you part of – or supporting – a community that has been badly affected by covid-19?

Do you have a great idea for a project to help rebuild community strength, voice or connection? Perhaps you’re already running a programme to benefit more people or reach new groups that you’d like to expand?

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is inviting applications from London voluntary and community sector groups with an annual turnover of £200k or less, to apply to their Building Strong Communities Grants Fund.

The following three types of grants are available.

• Microgrants of £1,000
• Microgrants between £1,001 and £5,000
• Small grants between £5,001 and £10,000

Grants will be awarded across three rounds.

The call for the first round of applications opened in December 2021 and closes 14 February 2022. There will be two further rounds, in spring and summer 2022.

Apply for the Building Strong Communities Fund.

Recruitment opportunity: Call for new chair of Investing in Volunteers Quality Assurance Panel

The UK Volunteering Forum is recruiting a new independent chair for the Investing in Volunteers Quality Assurance Panel. The chair is responsible for developing, directing and moderating the quality framework which enables volunteering organisations to excel.

If you are passionate about supporting volunteering across the UK, we would love to hear from you before the closing date of 3 February.

Find out more and access a recruitment pack.

NCVO online training

Safeguarding essentials in charities

The next date for our safeguarding essentials in charities course is 1 March, 10.00–15.00.

Strategic planning: Processes and tools for direction and decision making

Has the pandemic prompted you to rethink your strategy? We’re offering a one-day online course to help on 30 March, 10.00–15.30.

Good practice in volunteer management

Our popular good practice in volunteer management course takes place over two half days from 10.00–13.00. You need to attend both days as they’re two parts of one course.

April course

  • Session 1: Tuesday 26 April
  • Session 2: Thursday 28 April
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Jarina is our volunteering development consultancy officer. Jarina develops consultancy and training services with the aim of improving volunteering practice across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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