COVID-19 - Webinars

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Webinars to watch again!
Missed any of our webinars? Don't worry, you can now listen to our past sessions below.

Engaging Volunteers Safely and Recruiting Volunteers Webinar - Monday, 23rd November 2020
Since the pandemic voluntary and community organisations have been adapting to new ways of working and changing guidelines about the workplace.
Organisations have been working out the safest ways to engage with their volunteers. They have also needed to find new ways of recruiting volunteers, without the usual opportunities of volunteer fairs or face to face promotion. This event was an opportunity for organisations to share their approaches and top tips. We heard from organisations who had been offering volunteer opportunities around health and social care, in charity shops, in community centres and in outdoor settings. 

Online Volunteering Fair - Stratford-on-Avon District - Wednesday, 28th October 2020
Warwickshire CAVA presented this opportunity to learn more about volunteering in Stratford District. 

Bounce Back From COVID – Wednesday, 12th / Thursday, 13th August 2020
WCAVA held 2 webinars to help groups bounce back and tackle the challenges they face on resuming or expanding activities over the next few months as lockdown eases and new guidelines are introduced.

These webinars explore several topics and feedback from the groups present during the presentation: -

  • Share issues/problems and hear how others are tackling these

  • Recovery planning

  • Keeping volunteers safe and recruiting new ones

  • Financial implications-fundraising

  • Facility opening 

  • Good governance in a pandemic  

The webinars provide supporting information to help charities and social enterprises review their strategic and practical approach towards reopening and look to the future, helping them take positive steps, with some discussions on what challenges the groups present faced during and since lockdown.

Should you want additional information on the points raised after watching this webinar, please contact your local Volunteer Coordinator or Funding and Group Development Officer.

Bounce Back from COVID Webinar (South Warwickshire and Solihull)

Bounce Back from COVID Webinar (North Warwickshire and Rugby)

Community response - What next?  Tuesday, 28th July 2020
WCAVA held a webinar to listen to the experiences of mutual aid groups, parish councils, good neighbour schemes and informal community groups across Warwickshire who have provided a phenomenal community response during the pandemic. A multitude of shopping and medication deliveries have been made and volunteers have provided wellbeing telephone calls and support to help reduce social isolation and anxiety. 

This webinar also explore three questions:

  1. Will informal groups be continuing with their support and what do they need in order to do that?

  2. What is the learning from the experience of informal groups? What needs to be done differently/the same, if there is the need for a future emergency response?

  3. What community issues have been highlighted and how will they continue to be addressed as some groups begin to disband?

The webinar doesn't come to any specific conclusions on the questions above, but it is extremely positive to hear about the innovative, person centred, fast and flexible approaches of informal community groups, the challenges they faced and how they are looking forward to the future.

Safely reinstating business in your community building webinar - Monday, 22nd June 2020
Warwickshire CAVA has heard about your concerns for reopening your community buildings and operating safely during the pandemic and as we return to the new normal. 

Along with partners, we hosted a free webinar for voluntary and community organisations from across Warwickshire and Solihull wanting to find out more.

We heard from charities who have continued to operate throughout the pandemic. A panel of local regulatory and public safety experts from Insurance, Trading Standards, Public Health and the Fire Service were also on hand to provide key information and answer questions about the new government guidance and how it applies to your community buildings.

Funding Workshop: Severn Trent Community Fund - Wednesday, 10th June 2020
Warwickshire CAVA presented this opportunity to learn more about Severn Trent Community Fund as they reopen for applications. The fund is designed around improving community wellbeing and with this in mind there are 3 main strands for applications:

  • People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills - Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use

  • Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water.

Sue Hayes, from the fund, gave the presentation on Zoom, giving potential applicants the chance to ask questions afterwards.

Funding Workshop: Heart of England Community Foundation Coronavirus Resilience Funds - Thursday, 21st May 2020
Warwickshire CAVA presented this opportunity to learn more about three funds available from Heart of England Community Foundation, particularly targeted at organisations (charities, community groups, social enterprise and artists/arts organisations) who have been affected by and/or are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Scott Harrison, Senior Grants Officer from the Foundation, gave the presentation via Zoom on Thursday, 21st May 2020.

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