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COVID-19 Support

In light of the government’s recent advice to close offices and work from home if possible, VAI and Volunteer Centre Islington premises are now closed to the public. We are still working: doing everything we can to support Islington’s Voluntary and Community Sector and local communities.
Please let us know

We will be sharing key information and guidance through our websites, social media and e-news.

We are working in close partnership with key stakeholders including Islington Council, the NHS, and local funders.

Capacity Building Support for Voluntary and Community Groups
During the period of closure of our office due to the Coronavirus uncertainty, Voluntary Action Islington will still provide support to groups as much as possible; this will include telephone and email support and sign posting to specific agencies whenever relevant. We will provide advice on a range of issues including, fundraising, starting up a new community group, governance, policies & procedures, monitoring and evaluation.

We have access to a range of tools and resources. On our Website groups also have access to our Policies, Resources and Toolkits pages.

If you would like support and advice then send an e-mail to advice@vai.org.uk

The BIG Alliance currently has a bank of volunteers with specific skills and expertise ready and waiting to support our key community organisations in Islington during this time. This includes support and advice with digital, HR, legal, finance and fundraising, and supporting beneficiaries.
Please provide your details and the areas of support you need here and, subject to availability, the BIG Alliance will arrange this support for you as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact info@thebigalliance.org.uk

Volunteering
Lots of enquiries about volunteering and how to contribute during the covid-19 crisis have been received. Some organisations might have to stop their volunteering activities but there will probably be a lot of organisations that will have a bigger demand from service users and therefore need of additional volunteers.

For further information please contact marta.aparicio@vai.org.uk

Useful links

‘We are Islington’ is a new helpline, set up by the council to support those who need any help, call 020 7527 8222 or email at: weareislington@islington.gov.uk (open daily 9am to 5pm)

NHS support for people within the ‘shielded’ group: Self-refer or make a referral on someone else’s behalf here.

Follow us:
@volaction_is (Twitter)
@vcislington   (Twitter)
vcislington (Instagram)

 

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