Those vulnerable residents who do not currently have any access to support, but who need volunteer help because of impact of COVID-19, are asked to email our Community Support Coordinators email@example.com telephone: 01904 551550 for assistance.
NHS Volunteer Responders are also available to help with things like collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies and with transport to medical appointments. They can also provide a regular, friendly phone call which can be provided by different volunteers each time or by someone who was previously advised to shield and will stay in contact for several weeks. The responders are also available to provide volunteer tasks with the vacination process. More information is available at www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk or you can call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm.
People Helping People is about how we live our lives together, in York. It’s often described as social action which simply means “people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities”.
We know we have people willing to give time, expertise, energy and experience to others: with less public money and more challenges, we must make the most of this. We’ve linked up with Cities of Service to help us do this. Developed by a group of US city mayors, over 200 cities worldwide now use this approach. It’s all about clarity, good organisation and checking results, making sure that there’s positive progress towards priorities.
This is often called ‘impact volunteering’. Let’s say there’s an opportunity or a problem; the right people get together and plan to tackle it; they deliver the plan and, importantly, make sure there’s a clear result (and the one they expected). Recently we identified the local challenges that can be addressed by mobilising volunteers, alongside public services. We worked with partners in the voluntary and community sector, as well as local businesses, to develop projects that will impact on those challenges. We plan to develop clear metrics to track our progress, as well as report regularly and publicly on the results. For more information please go to the People Helping People Strategy.
The Charter is a locally-devised set of standards which provides a framework for developing and improving volunteering programmes.
Contribution: Volunteers are able to contribute to genuine achievements
Quality: The volunteer experience is of a high quality
Safety: Volunteers have a safe experience
Enjoyment: Volunteers are able to enjoy their experience
Value: Volunteers are valued and their contribution is properly recognised
Voice: Volunteers have a voice and all parties listen to one another
Equality: Volunteers are treated fairly, barriers to volunteering are removed and diversity is welcomed
Proportionality: Volunteer paperwork and procedures are kept to the minimum necessary for the role
Valuing & Recognising your Volunteers
Ensuring volunteers are truly valued and recognised for the time, skills and experience they freely give is crucial to ensuring long term impact and positive outcomes for both the community and the volunteer as a person.
York CVS hosts a directory of volunteering opportunities at www.yorkcvs.org.uk/volunteers. You can find lots of local opportunities to suit your interests and your time. If your organisation is looking to recruit volunteers you can also add the volunteering opportunity to the directory.
Do-it Trust put volunteers and civil society at the heart of everything it does to inspire everyone to get involved and do something for their community. Using the latest technologies, it wants to help civil society reap the benefits of putting volunteers and communities at the centre of their work.
York Cares is a partnership of the city's leading employers committed to making York a better place through employee-volunteering.
They match the skills and expertise of employers and their employees to community projects where they can have most impact. Our tried and tested programmes deliver tangible benefits for local people as well as workforce development opportunities for employers.
To check out the work of York Cares, you can view this video:
Volunteering with the Council
York is renowned as a volunteering city. City of York Council offers a broad range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved. From looking after green areas to mentoring; people of all ages and backgrounds can volunteer in the city to:
develop their own skills
gain new experience
Community Health Champions are people who, with training and support, voluntarily offer their skills and passion and make use of their community links to transform Health and Wellbeing in their neighbourhood.
The Community Health Champions model is proving to be an effective way of reaching people and is making a real difference within communities. Champions are also influencing and shaping local services, increasing public participation, initiating community development opportunities whilst gaining new skills and knowledge.
Within their families, communities and workplaces Community Health Champions empower and motivate people to get involved in healthy social activities; create new activities to meet local needs; and signpost people to relevant community activities, and support.
For more information on Community Health Champions including how to become a champion please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01904 552774.