We are still here for you: Latest Updates

To keep you updated with the latest developments regarding Covid-19 we have started to populate our online page with all the information you may need. This is available on our website at https://ervas.org.uk/coronavirus/.

This email contains just some of the latest updates we have seen.

Qualify from Home

In an additional attempt to reduce face-to-face contact, our partners at the First Aid Box have introduced a range of on-line courses which result in the achievement of a regulated qualification. An e-learning course is completed and then supplemented by an e-assessment and remote online invigilation organised by their awarding body at a mutually agreed time.

Find out more at https://fabtraining.net/qualify-from-home.

e-Learning for Healthcare Training

Cumbria CVS have shared with us some links to training that may be of interest – given the demand for volunteers to help respond to the current pandemic.  e-Learning for Healthcare have a range of online-training resources to prepare a volunteer workforce to support:


Voluntary Action Leeds – Good Neighbour Pack 

During the Coronavirus outbreak many people have come forward to help and support their neighbours.

We want you and your neighbours to be safe whilst you help one another out during this uncertain time. Together, Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds City Council have produced the following guide to offer tips and advice on how to help, safely.

Find out more at: https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/news/2020/03/20/being-a-good-neighbour-202003201456/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

Gov.uk has sent out some guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Understandably, charities are concerned about what to do during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, so the government have set out our response to the most commonly asked questions.

Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector.

Here is a link to the Government Support for Businesses.  Unfortunately the full guidance or systems are not currently in place yet as soon as they are we will update.

Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses.

The government have also issued advice on DBS checks for volunteers during this time. Please see the guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-factsheet-community-volunteers-during-covid-19-outbreak/safeguarding-and-dbs-factsheet-faqs.

Do’s and Dont’s Sheet for Volunteer and Pop up groups:

Volunteering Support Videos

We have released a collection of short animations created for us by North Tyneside VODA, to support and safeguard volunteers at this time. Take a look at them on our website and please share with your networks and contacts to help us keep people safe.

Find the videos at https://www.ervas.org.uk/training/volunteering-support-videos/.

WORK – 24/03/2020

The National Youth Agency have released a narrative briefing that intends to supersede all previous guidance issued related to detached youth work practice during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This guidance can be found online at: https://youthworksupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Updated-Detached-Guidance.pdf.

Wash your hands of coronavirus scams!
Read it. Share it. Prevent it.

Be aware of people offering shopping or medication collection services. Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Undertake the Friends Against Scams training online at: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/training/friends-elearning

SafeLives: Ending Domestic Abuse

SafeLives have developed specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID – take a look and circulate good advice and links for both professionals and families around Domestic Abuse.

Find out more at http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19.

NAVCA VCSE Resources Hub
In response to the crisis, NAVCA have developed their website to host information, guidance and resources for members and the broader VCSE sector and they have tried to make this as easy to find as possible.

This is all available on their website at: https://navca.org.uk/vcse-resources-hub.

Keeping you Informed

The main sources of accurate and up to date information are: