People are the bedrock of voluntary and community groups; be they paid staff, volunteers or the community you work with. Well trained staff and volunteers and understanding the needs of your community are key to success. Looking after your people is essential.
Here you can find help to develop your paid and voluntary workforce and reach out to your community.
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Community First Yorkshire Resource Sheets
- Employing a Member of Staff – the perfect crib sheet for everything you need to know if you’re a voluntary group or small charity who is employing a member of staff for the first time.
Community First Yorkshire Volunteer Information Sheets
- Becoming a Volunteer Ready Organisation
- Creating a Friendly Volunteer Environment
- Volunteers and Employment Law
- Writing a Volunteer Policy
- Sample Volunteering Policy 1
- Sample Volunteering Policy 2
- Vounteer Role Descriptions
- Diversifying Your Volunteer Base
- Finding Your Volunteers
- Recruiting Volunteers
- Volunteer Agreements Final
- Support and Supervision
- What to do if things go wrong
- Involving Young People as volunteers
- Sample Consent Form for a Young Person aged under 18
- NCVO – Volunteering: a family affair?
- OpenLearn – Introducing the voluntary sector
- Innovations in Dementia – guide for volunteers supporting a person with dementia
- NCVO – Advice on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak
- Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) – reports, data & statistics
- UK Civil Society ALMANAC 2019 – data, trends, insights
- NCVO – Good practice in volunteer management
- NCVO – Get the perfect volunteer -creating volunteer roles
- Qwell for Men – A new free online mental health service has been launched to support men across North Yorkshire. Men can now access free and anonymous online counselling anywhere using a computer, smartphone or tablet.
- Mind Coronavirus and your mental health – Information resources are available to help people cope during this time including pages on difficult feelings about the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety and panic attacks.
- What Works Centre for Wellbeing – Volunteer wellbeing: what works and who benefits?
- British Red Cross – Tackling loneliness: support for people feeling lonely
- The King’s Fund – Resources for health and care leaders
- Zero Suicide Alliance – Life Matters Podcast Series
- Community First Yorkshire – Social Prescribing Guide and Toolkit
- Harrogate District Harnessing the Power of Community – Wellbeing at Work guide
- Catalyst – 40 tools for creating human connection through your digital services
- School for Social Entrepreneurs – Recover & Rebuild: Managing wellbeing & avoiding burnout
- Samaritans – resources about your mental health Mental Health & Wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
- The King’s Fund – Mental health & Wellbeing resources to help those working across health & care.
- Relationship Matters – website that helps families facing distress on relationships during lockdown.
- York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub – Mental Health & Wellbeing Toolkit
- Our Frontline – Mental health and wellbeing resources
- Zero Suicide Alliance – e-training
- Health Education England – Suicide Prevention e-learning
- ALSS – Dimentia Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, Equality and Diversity, Adults with Learning Difficulties, team building, confidence, social care, autism
- IDAS – Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
- CharityComms – A wellbeing guide for comms professionals
- Community First Yorkshire and ACRE resources to help promote good safeguarding practices for community and village halls.
- NCVO Knowhow – safeguarding resources to help you understand what safeguarding means and take steps to make your organisation safer.
- North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (NYSAB) – partners from across North Yorkshire work together to protect adults from abuse.
- NSPCC Child protection guidance for voluntary and community groups – resources for those just starting out or reviewing existing safeguarding processes.
- NSPCC Safeguarding concerns: practice example – hiring out space – examples of common safeguarding scenarios and practical advice about how to respond to help you keep children safe; includes an example specifically discussing the hiring out of space.
- Anna Craft Trust Safeguarding guidance for disabled children and adults at risk – resources to assist in achieving best practice in safeguarding disabled children and adults at risk.
- Gov.uk guidance on handling safeguarding allegations in a charity – a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.
- Gov.uk government statutory guidance, definitions, and responsibilities – every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. This tool will help charities in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.
- Parents against child exploitation (PACE) – Keep them safe: an interactive CSE learning tool
- NSPCC learning – Safer recruitment training
- West and North Yorkshire Chamber – Safeguarding Everyone: Protecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
- Advocacy Alliance – Safeguarding Training and Prevention
- Against Violence and Abuse – Digital Safeguarding Resource Pack
- Lloyds Bank Academy – Staying safe online
Training from external providers
- Recovery College Online – online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness
- University of York – free online learning sessions to help businesses and charities recover, innovate and grow.
- Selby College – free distance learning courses to support CPD and upskilling
- The Skills Network offers a range of over 35 free, fully funded courses in subjects including healthcare, childcare, health and well-being, business, mental health, personal development and more.
- We Find Any Learner – free distance learning courses to upskill your workforce, improve or develop new skills.
- Department for Education – The Skills Toolkit, free digital and numeracy courses to help you build up your skills
- British Red Cross – Training for coronavirus volunteers
- The Open University – Improving health and wellbeing
- The Open University – Young people’s wellbeing
- Voluntary Action Sheffield – Level 3 Award in Volunteer Management – Distance Learning Qualification
- Voluntary Action Sheffield – Level 4 Certificate in Volunteer Management – Distance Learning Qualification
- ALSS – dementia awareness, mental health awareness, autism awareness, equality & diversity, learning disabilities, team working, effective communication, motivation, confidence building
- Tyro Training – communication skills, appraisals, developing a team, time management, managing performance, managing stress in the workplace, managing volunteers, autism awareness, dementia awareness, equality & diversity, adult safeguarding
- Directory of Social Change – online training on personal development
- The Virtual Village Hall – What would a virtual village hall look like? This is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces.
- Charity Bank – Covid-19 and the Social Sector report
- Community First Yorkshire – Stronger together: A toolkit for building community connections
- Community First Yorkshire – Making Every Contact Count (MECC) – this webinar explains why tackling loneliness maters in our communities and how having connecting conversations, using the Making Every Contact Count approach, can help them be stronger and more resilient.
- UK Parliament – free online events and training to help get your voice heard
- Spark & Co – Covid-19 BAME Resource Hub
- Citizens Online – resources to help you stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues during the coronavirus outbreak
- Happy City – Happiness Pulse
- Lloyds Bank Foundation – Personal Development Planning
- Prince’s Countryside Fund – The Village survival guide
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