Local group resources

Are you thinking about setting up a new voluntary organisation, community group or looking to volunteer? Is your aim to bring about change or provide a service for the benefit of your community?

You’ll find lots of great info here to help you think through some of the key issues relating to volunteering or starting a voluntary sector organisation in Plymouth.

It is important that you must follow government guidelines including:

  • Do not volunteer if you have symptoms or are in a vulnerable category
  • Stay 2m away from anyone you do not live with at all times
  • Regularly wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds

Please refer to the government guidelines on how to help safely for further guidance on keeping yourself and others safe.

Good practice in volunteering management

NCVO’s Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for excellence in volunteer management. The standard’s 9 quality areas cover all aspects of volunteer involvement, ensuring an excellent volunteer experience from interview to exit. A framework to help you ensure quality experiences for all your volunteers.

Free tools and resources during COVID19

NCVO have made their member-only resources free to everyone because of the current situation. They think it’s important people have the guidance they need to run their organisations during this time. So if you need practical tools and resources for use in the voluntary sector, click the link below.

Community groups, COVID-19 and Data Protection

If you’ve just formed a community group, this may be the first time you’ve had to think about data protection. Put simply, the law is a set of sensible standards that will help you handle people’s information responsibly. That means taking proper care of things like people’s names and addresses as well as more sensitive details about their health or religion.

Mutual Aid UK resources

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. They focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.