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.

RVS guidance for shopping cash payment options.

If you are shielding and usually you pay for your shopping in cash there are some options available to help you cope during this time. The following information has been adapted from national RVS guidance for shopping cash payment options.

Plymouth Good Neighbours Scheme

The Plymouth Good Neighbours Scheme is about providing a central space for volunteers, community groups and charities to come together and help some of the city’s most vulnerable people throughout this difficult time. Plymouth City Council is working with key partners such as the Plymouth Octopus Project and Our Plymouth in the Plymouth Good Neighbours Scheme.

Plymouth Octopus Project – powering Plymouth’s voluntary sector

POP+ belongs to Plymouth’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) and is driven by the extraordinary energy, passion and skills of those who work within it. It exists to help bring about real, purposeful and lasting change in the city. Visit the website for further info and resources or to get further support from POP ideas.

What is happening where?

There are so many individuals and organisations mobilising themselves into action that is great to see. If you’re thinking of doing something or would like to see if something is already happening in your area check out the map here. Also don’t forget to check that what you plan to do is safe for you, your volunteers & those you are helping. Further guidance for this is available here.


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.