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Adapting to the pandemic – The Matthew Project

We have in recent weeks featured encouraging examples of how VCSE organisations have adapted and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. And it is apparent that the voluntary sector, though hard-pressed at times, has proved to be remarkably resilient in changing service delivery to meet clients’ needs.

North Norfolk Writer’s Group – mutual support through creative writing

Our CANConnect project helps people in North Norfolk link with activities and like-minded people in their community, as well as providing support to help them identify and achieve their goals. We've been working closely with North Norfolk Writers' Group.

Charities making donations to other VCSE organisations. Can we do that?

Many charities across Norfolk have recently received donations in response to the pandemic.  We have received several enquiries from trustees asking if they can make donations to help community support groups and local charities which are helping vulnerable local people through the Coronavirus crisis. 

Helping Hands in Thorpe

Volunteers have been flocking to help vulnerable residents in the in Thorpe Hamlet and Thorpe St Andrew areas of Norwich. 

Good Neighbour Response Schemes in action - a close-knit community gets closer still

Like many Norfolk parishes, Great Hockham is a close-knit community – and has become even more so during the Coronavirus pandemic. Community-spirited individuals got together early in the crisis, determined to help and support the vulnerable residents in and around their village.  They contacted CAN via the Parish Council, knowing that through our existing Good Neighbour Scheme network we would be able to offer advice and practical support in setting up a structure, quickly and effectively. 

Adapting and modifying VCSE services during COVID-19

Many of you reading this will know that at CAN we’ve been surveying the Norfolk VCSE sector to compile a measured and accurate picture of how voluntary organisations and groups across the county have been adapting and modifying approaches to working with their service users during the COVID-19 crisis. The responses have been channelled into helpful data which will ultimately help present the voice of the voluntary sector to commissioning authorities and to government itself.

VCSE groups adapting to service delivery during COVID-19

We know that many voluntary and community groups are experiencing severe operating constraints currently, not least the inability to engage directly with clients and service users. One of the great characteristics of the VCSE sector, however, is the ability to adapt and improvise to meet the need. 

Good Neigbour Schemes at the forefront of community response

CAN’s long-standing network of Good Neighbour Schemes across Norfolk was well-placed to mobilise its members to respond quickly to local need = and the past few weeks have seen the Schemes welcome many new volunteers join in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

How is Norfolk’s VCSE sector managing the COVID-19 scenario?

We would appreciate your help in completing two key surveys, one or both of which may be relevant to your work scenario:

One survey helps us assess how the county’s voluntary, community and social enetrprise groups and organsiations are coping. The other is aimed specifically at community buildings and village halls.

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