It's all about supporting people

People are the bedrock of voluntary and community groups; be they paid staff, volunteers or the community you work with.

Well trained staff and volunteers and understanding the needs of your community are key to success.

Here you can find help to develop your paid and voluntary workforce and reach out to your community.

Have a question or can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us on communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or 01904 704177.

Don’t forget that if you need affordable, practical HR support, our Employment Advice Service can help. Find out more on our Community First Yorkshire website.

Community First Yorkshire resources

52 (almost) painless things your community can do – sometimes, when you know you want to take positive action in your community, having that initial inspiration is the hardest part. From setting up a photography club to running a car-sharing scheme, we’ve got some great ideas on what your community can do.

Effective Community Engagement Guidebook and Toolkit – we have created this handy resource, comprising a guidebook and toolkit, which brings together learning from a range of communities and provides a step-by-step guide to running an effective community engagement project. The link will open up on our Community First Yorkshire website.

Social Prescribing Guide and Toolkit – our toolkit gives an overview and checklist for organisations to help them provide services that improve people’s overall health and wellbeing, and connect them to their local communities. The link will take you to our Community First Yorkshire website.

Employing a member of staff – the perfect crib sheet for everything you need to know if you’re a voluntary group or small charity who is employing a member of staff for the first time.

Loneliness.

Youth Loneliness toolkit – a Community First Yorkshire guide to supporting young people.

Workplace loneliness toolkit – a Community First Yorkshire guide to help manage loneliness at work.

Community First Yorkshire – Making Every Contact Count (MECC) – this webinar explains why tackling loneliness matters in our communities and how having connecting conversations, using the Making Every Contact Count approach, can help them be stronger and more resilient.

Safeguarding.

Community First Yorkshire and ACRE resources to help promote good safeguarding practices for community and village halls.

Children’s safeguarding policy and procedure: we have compiled these documents which you may find useful when compiling safeguarding policies and procedures. Each document should be carefully reviewed and tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

Adults safeguarding procedure – We have compiled this safeguarding policy which should be used in conjunction with this Appendix; both documents should be carefully reviewed and tailored to meet your organisation

Volunteering.

We have a wealth of resources to help you recruit, retain and support volunteers including a Volunteer Management toolkit and a Trustee Recruitment toolkit. Find all these resources and more on our volunteering page.

Wellbeing

St John Ambulance mental health resources – St John Ambulance have created mental health resources on how to create and maintain a supportive workplace where employees can thrive.

Looking after employee health, safety, and wellbeing on returning to the workplace – Zurich’s returning to work guide provides useful information about safe working procedures and lone working, providing a checklist of key considerations.

Guide for employers on how they can tackle loneliness – this is a guide produced by The Campaign to End Loneliness with examples of good practice and learning, with five key themes in tackling loneliness at work.

Youth Loneliness toolkit – a Community First Yorkshire guide to supporting young people.

Workplace loneliness toolkit – a Community First Yorkshire guide to help manage loneliness at work.

Community First Yorkshire – Social Prescribing Guide and Toolkit – an overview and checklist to help organisations as they work to improve people’s overall health and wellbeing, and help them with their local communities.

Qwell for Men – a new free online mental health service has been launched to support men across North Yorkshire. Men can now access free and anonymous online counselling anywhere using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Mind Coronavirus and your mental health – Information resources are available to help people cope during this time including pages on difficult feelings about the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety and panic attacks.

What Works Centre for Wellbeing – volunteer wellbeing: what works and who benefits?

Zero Suicide Alliance – Life Matters Podcast Series.

Harrogate District Harnessing the Power of Community –Wellbeing at Work guide.

Catalyst – 40 tools for creating human connection through your digital services.

School for Social Entrepreneurs – recover & rebuild: managing wellbeing & avoiding burnout.

Samaritans – resources about your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub – Mental Health & Wellbeing Toolkit.

Zero Suicide Alliance – e-training.

IDAS – domestic abuse awareness training

The Open University – young people’s wellbeing training.

A collection of free mental health courses by Future Learn to debunk common misconceptions and put a stop to mental health stigma.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding for charities and trustees – the Charity Commission has published guidance for charity trustees on safeguarding staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

Community First Yorkshire and ACRE resources to help promote good safeguarding practices for community and village halls.

Safeguarding adults and children – North Yorkshire County Council information on how to minimise the risk of abuse, how to spot the signs of potential abuse and how to report any safeguarding concerns you may have.

NCVO Knowhow – safeguarding resources to help you understand what safeguarding means and take steps to make your organisation safer.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (NYSAB) – partners from across North Yorkshire work together to protect adults from abuse.

NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk) – partners from across North Yorkshire work together to ensure children are effectively safeguarded.

NSPCC Child protection guidance for voluntary and community groups – resources for those just starting out or reviewing existing safeguarding processes.

NSPCC Safeguarding concerns: practice example – hiring out space – examples of common safeguarding scenarios and practical advice about how to respond to help you keep children safe; includes an example specifically discussing the hiring out of space.

Anna Craft Trust Safeguarding guidance for disabled children and adults at risk – resources to assist in achieving best practices in safeguarding disabled children and adults at risk.

Children’s safeguarding policy and procedure: we have compiled these documents which you may find useful when compiling safeguarding policies and procedures. Each document should be carefully reviewed and tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

Guidance on the development of safeguarding adults policies and procedures – North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board has produced this guidance which provides recommended content and a suggested structure for a safeguarding policy and procedure. Each organisation will however be different and will need to use this guidance to create a policy and procedure that reflects the needs of their organisation and their service users.

Adults safeguarding procedure – We have compiled this safeguarding policy which should be used in conjunction with this Appendix; both documents should be carefully reviewed and tailored to meet your organisation

GOV.UK guidance on reporting safeguarding concerns in a charity – This tool will help charities in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.

GOV.UK government statutory guidance, definitions, and responsibilities – every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. This guidance provides a general overview of all aspects of safeguarding.

Parents against child exploitation (PACE) – Keep them safe: an interactive CSE learning tool.

NSPCC learning – safer recruitment training.