After spending leave towards the end of March in lockdown it was time to adapt to working from home, continuing to promote and support the sector and collectively looking at how best we can assist the sector during this time. Thanks to the seventy-four organisations who completed the brief survey sent out to get an understanding of how lockdown was impacted on their organisation and support needed. It has been useful contacting organisations subsequently on an individual level and providing any help we can to assist. The results of the survey can be found here VCS Assembly COVID-19 Impact Survey.
I’ve been involved in putting together safeguarding factsheets to support the volunteer mutual aid groups that have sprung up across the county and for individuals to ensure they are operating safely whilst doing a fantastic job supporting their local communities. I’ve also been collating information on what these groups are doing and sharing examples in the fortnightly e- bulletin which others might find useful.
I know a lot of you have had to adapt your ways of working in order to continue to deliver support to your users and are doing a great job in difficult circumstances, and I am sure you are already aware of the wealth of information to support the sector on our COVID-19 web pages https://www.northumberlandcva.org.uk/covid-19. If you need any further support or advice then please do not hesitate get in touch assembly@northumberland cva.org.uk
Stay safe and take care.
Assembly Development Officer