Being proactive in a time of crisis

Reshma Gadhia, Advisor for VAL's Economic Impact team, talks about how the Economic Impact team is continuing to help organisations to measure their impact during the lockdown.

This month we have all had to take unusual and extra measures to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis. A lot of us have become housebound, except for front line workers such as NHS or other health and social care workers and those that work in supermarkets. VAL as an organisation has had to adapt very quickly during this time along with many other organisations.

A good time to think about measuring your impact

In the Economic Impact team we have been working from home to find different ways we can continue to provide the resources and information to organisations that want to show and measure their impact. Now more than ever before, we should be recording our experiences to show the difference we are making whilst delivering our services. Throughout the year, Economic Impact usually runs different workshops to help charities and groups with this, and as we are unable to continue running these sessions we have been written a guide for you to start measuring your impact. This may be a good time for your organisation to start thinking about the best way to plan and measure the services you deliver and eventually be able to show the difference you make. Keep a look out on our newsletters for the next guide.

Now may also be a good time to catch up on some reading. We have How-to Guides on how your organisation can apply for and manage the ongoing processes of the European Social Fund. NCVO have also opened up their member’s area for all to use during the COVID-19 crisis where there are many useful guides from how to set up a charity to Safeguarding. We’ve also been collected resources on the VAL website for organisations who are still operating during the pandemic.

Resources for charities

Whilst I am part of the Economic Impact Team, I am also a part of VAL and for the past couple of weeks I have been helping with the initial co-ordination of services VAL can provide safely. I have been getting in touch with organisations that may need help with volunteers and other VAL services during this time. Through our website we have been inundated with people that have come forward and register to volunteer their time anywhere they are needed. Whist it is amazing to have so many people come forward, it is our responsibility to ensure their safety and make sure they are directed to organisations and small groups that have procedures in place. We’ve been providing up-to-date guidance through our COVID-19 resources pages.

VAL is here to help

The Sector Support team at VAL is also continuing to provide help and support to groups and VCSE organisations during this time. Whether your group is only just starting out or you have been around for a few years, the team are on hand to help with anything you might need to help run your organisation. Get in touch with our helpline and a member of the team will be more than happy to support you:
0115 257 5050