From volunteers assisting the vaccination programme to delivering community transport; Unity has continued to provide critical support in the community throughout the pandemic, vital assistance to charities and community groups.
Unity’s voluntary sector support team are there to assist any charities or groups who may be struggling to recover from the impact of the virus, whether this is due to a lack of volunteers, loss of members, a reduction in funding or perhaps a need for free digital support.
Coronavirus has impacted everyday services, such as lunch clubs, social groups, and other early interventions provided by the charity sector.
To add support for individuals who may not know where to turn, the BIG Lottery funded the development of a new Unity Directory affectionately known as the CHAWD, the ‘Charity Health and Wellbeing Directory’ for Test Valley, as part of a digital inclusion grant of £45,000.
The CHAWD is a fantastic, repository of information on local groups, charities and health and wellbeing services designed to help individuals identify the assistance they may need.
Terry Bishop, Unity Chief Executive said, “So many groups and individuals have suffered as a result of Covid 19 and Unity is working hard to assist in as many ways as possible to make life easier all around. Whether that is helping groups with funding advice, setting up new groups where a need has been identified or supporting individuals with a directory of services right across the borough to enable people to find local services and activities. The next step in this process is to try and engage with groups who have not been in touch with Unity to offer them the opportunity of being a part of this fantastic resource.”
Are you a charity or community group in the Test Valley area and if so, would you like to be included in this free online directory? Or maybe your organisation is struggling and could do with a bit of advice or support. If so, please contact the Unity voluntary sector support team who are there to provide free assistance.
Check out the brand new CHAWD for yourself or contact us through the website for further information.