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Key topic areas covered include: Communities, Safeguarding and Workforce & Leadership.

Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together

We’re delighted to welcome Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Louisa has worked across women’s specialist services and the homelessness sector in England for the past twelve years, in both frontline and strategic roles.

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Digital Innovation and Partnership Working

With cases of domestic abuse rising during the pandemic, charities have been working hard to support victims, and prevent abuse occurring again. Sally Steadman-South from SafeLives and Libby Drew from On Our Radar worked collaboratively to create new projects that respond to the impact of the pandemic, seeking to supporting vulnerable women and girls.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Managing Finances as a Small Charity

The Young Barnet Foundation work to bring charities and organisations together to support and build capacity in the CYP voluntary sector across the London Borough of Barnet. We heard from their CEO, Janet Matthewson on their leadership strategy and their pioneering community work.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Effectively Managing a Remote Workforce

Like everyone else, the voluntary sector had to adapt to a shift in working style during the pandemic. We heard from Peter Reeve, Chair of the Charity HR Network and Head of HR at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, on why hybrid working is good for the voluntary sector workforce

Emergency Planning: How Volunteers can Help Create a Human-centred Approach

The public and volunteers are integral in emergency responses and can fill the gaps in response teams during emergencies. Naomi Phillips, of the Red Cross, outlined how volunteers and the community can help fill these gaps to achieve a human-centred response to crises.

Emergency Planning: Using Data to Improve Support for Vulnerable People in Emergencies

It is important in emergencies to identify vulnerable individuals, as they are often the residents who need the most help. We heard from John Higgins of Tendring District Council about how resident data has been utilised to improve and prepare emergency responses.

Emergency Planning: Preparing the Public and Emergency Responders

The first wave of Covid-19 highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness and the need to improve responses to major incidents. Holly Carter, of Public Health England shared how emergency responders and the public can be best prepared for major incidents and highlighted the importance of using up to date research in planning for emergencies.

Strengthening Safeguarding Practices and Tackling Beneficiary Disengagement

There is growing evidence to suggest that disengagement with veteran’s charities is higher than with other charities. In this case study, the Head of Safeguarding from The Royal British Legion discusses why tackling disengagement with services, is crucial to improving safeguarding in the voluntary sector.

Creating a Safer Work Culture through Engagement with Senior Leadership

Thirtyone:eight are a faith-based charity that strive to assist organisations in creating a safer and more inclusive culture in their workplace. This case study explores thirtyone:eight’s guiding principles for organisations to follow when looking to improve their safeguarding strategy.

Creating a Resilient Workforce through Emotional and Mental Health Support

The British Heart Foundation have been praised for their conscientious wellbeing and safeguarding strategies. We heard from Scott Berney, Head of Safeguarding at the charity about how they supported staff prior to, and throughout the pandemic.

How has Covid-19 Impacted the Voluntary Sector

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the voluntary sector, with operational costs and demand for online services increasing, finances deteriorating and less time to address diversity issues in the workforce. This infographic gives an overview of the key challenges that the sector faced during the pandemic.

How Flexible Working can Support Diversity and Inclusion

Covid-19 exposed inequalities in workplace structures and introduced a new way of working to many. Welsh gender equality charity Chwarae Teg report the need to work towards gender inequality, whilst highlighting the benefits of agile working to mitigate inequality.

In Conversation: Creating Better Diversity Policies in the Voluntary Sector

Implementing core diversity policies in the voluntary sector is essential in creating inclusive and representative workplaces and services. We invited three champions of diversity and inclusion in the sector to discuss the topic.

Wellbeing in the Voluntary Sector: A Case for Embedding Positive Mental Health Throughout your Organisation

According to Mind, the workplace should be a safe place for employees and not a place that exacerbates ill mental health. We heard from Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind about ways that employers in the voluntary sector can support the mental wellbeing of their workforce.

Wellbeing in the Voluntary Sector: Incorporating Accessibility and Inclusion into Staff Wellbeing Strategies

On average, people with hearing loss are paid £2,000 less per year than the general population.; This amounts to £4 billion per year in lost income across the UK. James Watson O’Neill, Chief Executive of SignHealth shared the importance of inclusion for those with impairments in the voluntary sector.

Ensuring Voluntary Sector Leadership Promotes Diversity and Inclusion

ACAS works with employers and employees to improve workplace relationships. This article looks at ways that employers in the voluntary sector can better promote diversity and inclusion.

How Charities can Diversify their Income Streams through Private Sector Partnerships

Charities lost roughly £5 billion in funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. Diversifying their income streams away from reliance on traditional donations is vital in their survival. Strong private sector partnerships have helped Mental Health UK thrive in challenging times.

Welcoming Refugees to the UK: CARAS’ Youth Programmes

Helping refugees settle and integrate into society is essential, especially for vulnerable young people. This case study looks at the work of CARAS in supporting refugees in South London.

The Financial Impact of Covid-19 on the Voluntary Sector

The voluntary sector was disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and the resulting economic crunch. This article examines the financial impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector.