Consultations

Creating a new model for volunteering

The VCS Alliance is working with partners to survey volunteers that have stepped up during the COVID19 pandemic. We want to learn from the experience of volunteers during this time to understand how to connect the goodwill of citizens to community action at all times, not just in a crisis. We want to learn the lessons to develop a system that:

  • maximises the number of volunteers supporting people across the county;
  • supports people to volunteer in a way that works best for them and their lifestyle; and
  • works best for the people that need your help.

If your organisation has used volunteers to support communities during this time and can help us reach those volunteers, please contact info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk for the messaging and survey link, which you can also see below.

Volunteer survey

“Thank you for volunteering with us during the Covid-19 crisis.  One of the best things to come from this crisis are the people who volunteered their time and skills to help their neighbours and their communities; for this Gloucestershire’s voluntary, community, health and care organisations are incredibly grateful. 

We want to create a positive legacy into the medium and longer term out of the Covid-19 crisis by retaining as many of you as possible, the local people who came forward to volunteer.  We strongly believe this is a once in a generation opportunity to make a radical difference to how the citizens and communities of Gloucestershire come together to ensure no-one is left behind.   

During the pandemic, thousands of local people stepped up to offer support to neighbours and strangers, whilst before Covid-19 some of our local charities and community groups were finding it hard to recruit sufficient numbers of volunteers.  Now is the time to better understand how to connect the goodwill of citizens to community action at all times, not just in a crisis and we want to understand how you would like to continue to support your neighbours, and local voluntary and community groups.

However, we know that many of you have had really varied experiences of volunteering during the pandemic.  Some of you have been very busy, others not at all; some have used their existing skills, whereas others have had the chance to develop new skills.  Even for those volunteers who have not been called on to act, their presence has been a key part of the safety net we have wrapped around the vulnerable in our communities, simply by making themselves available.   

Therefore, we are writing to you as a Community Help Hub volunteerto ensure we fully capture the learning from your experiences either as a volunteer or as someone who wanted to volunteer.  We want to learn the lessons to develop a system that:

  • maximises the number of volunteers supporting people across the county;
  • supports you to volunteer in a way that works best for you and your lifestyle; and
  • works best for the people that need your help.

So, there are two questions we’d be really grateful if you could kindly answer please by completing this simple form – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Glos_volunteer_survey/

  1. Are you willing for us to keep you informed about volunteering opportunities in Gloucestershire and about the changes we are hoping to make?
  2. Are you willing to help us now to develop a new model for volunteering in Gloucestershire by telling us about your experiences of volunteering – or trying to – during the Covid-19 period (and before if relevant)?

We very much look forward to hearing from you soon; it’s only with your help that we will be able to deliver a lasting legacy for all the people across the county.” The survey is open until 17 July.

Gloucestershire VCS Alliance, on behalf of voluntary, community, health, and care organisations across Gloucestershire. 

Child Friendly Gloucestershire

What would make Gloucestershire a better place to grow up? Young people across the county are being asked for their thoughts on how we can make the county a better place. Find out more and get involved at https://childfriendlygloucestershire.com/.

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Inclusion Gloucestershire Project: Your Health, Your Voice, Your Life

Inclusion Gloucestershire want to hear from people who have a learning disability and/or autism and people who provide support to those who do. They have started a project for the NHS about being part of health groups.

There is an online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/InclusionGlos. Open until 12 July.

Easy read copies are here: https://www.inclusiongloucestershire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Your-Health-Your-Voice-Your-Life-Questionnaire.pdf

There is more information about the project here: https://www.inclusiongloucestershire.co.uk/engagement/

If you want to talk to Sammy or Rosie about the project, email yourhealth@inclusion-glos.org or call 01452 234003 or 07525 848514.

Understanding the impact of coronavirus on care

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is investigating how people’s access to local health and social care services has been affected by coronavirus. To share your experiences, complete the survey at: smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CoronavirusHWG/

Government begins consultation on unlocking millions of pounds for charity

The government has launched a consultation to gather views on its proposals to expand the dormant assets scheme.

The public consultation seeks views on broadening the current scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors.

The consultation is open until 23:59 on 16 July. The consultation document and details of how to respond are available on the government’s website.