A round-up of useful articles and resources from national organisations including furloughed staff wanting to volunteer, help with zoom calls, business contingency planning for fundraising, lessons about spontaneous volunteering in emergencies, and help with payment for volunteers shopping for someone else. 

In this article from NCVO, they got through the scenario of a furloughed member of staff wishing to volunteer, covering the job retention scheme and the restrictions on volunteering. Read the article here. 

Another NCVO article, about five lessons from the past about spontaneous volunteering in emergencies, covering technology, local knowledge and the volunteer management process. Read more here. 

GRIN (Grants Resources Information News) have out together 8 ideas for business contingency planning to protect your fundraising during Covid-19. Find out more. 

NAVCA have been looking at the different payment methods for volunteers who need to buy groceries and supplies for people who are self-isolating or unable to leave the house. Some supermarkets will be offering ‘volunteer cards’ and some banks and building societies are finding news ways to tackle these issues such as a second bank card, or a one-time barcode. Read the research here.

Additionally, many of us are using Zoom for meetings and to keep in touch with staff and volunteers. Zoom have a page of useful training resources for those who are getting to grips with it, or would like to learn more.