FREE HR advice and support for VAST members

VAST is pleased to announce that courtesy of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, our members can benefit from the expert advice and support of HR Adviser Joe Gill. Joe is the HR Advisor with the Chambers Growth Hub and this offer includes FREE advice and support, with the benefit of a full HR Diagnostic to ensure policies and procedures are up-to-date …

Covid-19: understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic

This briefing paper, supported by 13 other national mental health charities, explores the mental health inequalities that are associated with the pandemic in the UK. It finds that the virus and the lockdown are putting greater pressure on groups and communities whose mental health was already poorer and more precarious. Groups of people whose mental health is at greatest risk …

Changes Health & Wellbeing Digital Workshops

Changes Health & Wellbeing have announced their latest Digital  Workshop Schedule. All workshops are due to commence week beginning the 20th July and are delivered via Zoom. For further information around the workshops on offer, please visit the NEW digital website. Alternatively, you can email: wellbeing.here4u@changes.org.uk or call 07983 437 747.

Charity Shop updates – Charity Retail Association

The latest version of the Charity Retail Association‘s Reopening Information Pack is now available here. Many charities are suffering from a shortage of volunteers which is in some cases preventing them from opening as many shops as they would like. Alongside the valuable volunteer brokerage that many NAVCA members offer, the Charity Retail Association is promoting their portal at www.charityshopvolunteer.org.uk, …

NCVO Civil Society Almanac

NCVO has published the latest version of the Civil Society Almanac. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a comprehensive overview of facts and figures related to the voluntary sector, including its size and scope, finances, staff and volunteering. Although most of the report covers the financial year of 2017/18, NCVO has pulled out what this latest report can tell …

Coronavirus Community Survey Stoke-on-Trent

How are you feeling Stoke-on-Trent? How has lockdown changed your attitude to your local community? Did you volunteer or benefit from the help of volunteers? What matters to you now? “I want to build a picture of how our local community has been affected by lockdown and capture your hopes for the future, so I can share these with our …

New from the Fundraising Regulator

New guidance has been prepared in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive and set outs the overarching principles which should be applied to all fundraising methods, as well as specific advice on public fundraising (including street, door-to-door and private site fundraising). The publication of these two pieces of guidance is the first instalment in a …

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is for those managing multi-use community facilities. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces, …