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New COVID-19 guidance and support from VODA

In light of the unprecedented growth of online COVID-19 informal support groups, VODA has developed a new Informal Volunteering Guidance sheet for volunteers and a series of videos with useful guidance on areas such as Supporting Volunteers – aimed primarily at informal volunteering groups – Safeguarding, Telephone Befriending Tips and how to Stay Safe as a Volunteer.

Supporting Volunteers (aimed primarily at informal volunteering groups)

Supporting Volunteers from Robin on Vimeo.

Safeguarding Tips

Safeguarding tips from Robin on Vimeo.

Staying Safe while Volunteering

Staying safe whilst volunteering from Robin on Vimeo.

Telephone Befriending

Telephone Befriending advice from Robin on Vimeo.

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HMRC updates guidance on recognising phishing emails

The government has updated its official guidance on recognising genuine HMRC contact and identifying phishing emails.

Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person to get their personal or financial information. These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details.Several scams have been devised in recent years by cyber criminals presenting their communications under the HMRC’s identity.

HMRC’s guidance explains how to recognise genuine contact from HMRC, and how to tell when an email or text message is phishing or bogus. Please share this amongst your networks to increase awareness and prevent individuals, charities and businesses falling victim to phishing scams.

Read the full guidance here.

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HMRC updates guidance on recognising phishing emails

The government has updated its official guidance on recognising genuine HMRC contact and identifying phishing emails. Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person to get their personal or financial information and several scams have been devised in recent years by cyber criminals presenting their communications under the HMRC’s identity.
This guidance explains how to recognise genuine contact from HMRC, and how to tell when an email or text message is phishing or bogus. Please share this amongst your networks to increase awareness and prevent individuals, charities and businesses falling victim to phishing scams. Read the guidance here.
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New Trustee Recruitment Guide Launched

 

 

 

Charity trustees are some of the most important people in a charity. They have the potential to enable a charity to thrive or bring its operations grinding to a halt, and a charity’s service users are dependent on its trustees to make good decisions and lead well. Charities need a wide range of skills from their trustees, to understand and address the many challenges charities can face and navigate the changing context in which they operate. They need trustee boards that can challenge one another and the status quo, that bring different experiences, knowledge and ideas, but that are able to work constructively and enthusiastically as a team. That is why board diversity is so important – because diversity brings together the rich mix of qualities that make a healthy and effective board.

Getting on Board has launched new free guidance for charities looking to recruit diverse, robust and effective trustee boards. Getting on Board is a charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering. They collated the learnings from their Trustee Recruitment Pathways programme into a comprehensive eight step guide to recruiting trustees.

Read the full guidance here.

 

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The Office for Civil Society: Preparing for EU Exit

 

 

 

 

The Office for Civil Society, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has released preparation guidance for the voluntary sector stating that the government is “accelerating no deal preparations”.

Information includes the government’s public information campaign, data protection in a no deal scenario, information relating to the Settled Status Scheme, EU funding and Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps.

You can read the special ebulletin here.

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NICE recommends ‘Smartphone therapy’ for children with depression

Children and young people can be offered digital cognitive behavioural therapy (digital CBT, also known as computer CBT) as a first-line treatment for mild depression,according to new advice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). Digital CBT is delivered on mobile phones, tablets or computers, meaning users can access help quickly, avoiding waiting lists.

The guidance, for identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged five to 18, says online therapy and courses in mindfulness should be the first options for treatment of mild cases. Group CBT, group interpersonal psychotherapy and group mindfulness are also recommended as first-line treatments. NICE says that the choice of treatment should be based on clinical need and patient and carer preferences. The child or young person’s history, circumstances and maturity should also be considered. Read more here. 

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