How we’re adapting our work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
With over 150K confirmed cases and £20K deaths in the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all our programmes in boroughs which we work. The communities we serve are now faced with multiple challenges – from the risk of contracting the virus itself and its impact on overstretched health services, to the knock-on repercussions from containment measures on health, education and livelihoods systems.
We are adapting our work to respond to these new challenges – both in the immediate and longer-term – while ensuring that we continue to work towards our vision.
How we’re working
Working through volunteers
Where it is safe to do so, and in line with government rules, we will continue to work directly with communities. Volunteers who are already based in communities are key to delivering this approach: our volunteers form deep relationships, built on trust, with the people with whom they work. It’s through these strong relationships that we’re working to tackle the crisis together – ensuring that our response plans are driven by the needs of the people we serve, and using our existing networks to share essential messages. The safety and wellbeing of all our volunteers – along with that of our staff, and the primary actors we work with – is paramount. We’re providing everyone with extra guidance, which is regularly reviewed by our head office team.
Collaborating with our partners
We will continue working with other organisations to promote volunteering best practice, coordinate joint responses, and create the biggest possible impact together. We’re exploring opportunities to collaborate with technology and communications partners to deliver iour services in innovative ways. We recognise that there are times when our partners may be better placed to reach the most vulnerable or isolated groups, and in these cases we will work to build their capacity to deliver activities.