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.

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.


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.