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COVID-19 community action stories - how Nottingham's VCSE sector has responded

We held a three-week campaign, spanning Volunteers' Week and Small Charity Week, to celebrate Nottingham's community response to the pandemic.

Now more than ever, we feel it's vital to shine a spotlight on the volunteers, charities and community/voluntary groups who are doing incredible work to support the city's most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis. Ordinarily we would use these national events to celebrate volunteers and small charities for all the work they do annually - but this year, we want to do more by sharing some of the stories of Nottingham's community response to COVID-19 and in doing so, raise the profile of these incredible organisations and individuals who deserve recognition and thanks.

We asked Nottingham's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to get involved by submitting stories, either a blog or vlog, about how their organisation has responded to the pandemic and what they have done to support people at this difficult time.

A new story was highlighted every weekday between 1 June and 19 June 2020.



Week One: Focus on Volunteers - Volunteers' Week 1 - 7 June 2020

Sycamore Dining

Thanks to a core team of dedicated volunteers, this Community Interest Company has been able to overhaul its services in response to COVID-19.

Sherwood Food Exchange

Volunteers with this new local food project are providing a lifeline to vulnerable residents.

Carers Trust East Midlands

A new telephone befriender service and online penpal service launched quickly thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers.

The Vine Community Centre

A surge in volunteering support has allowed the Centre to help isolated people during lockdown.

Nottingham City Homes

Volunteers are delivering meals to Nottingham families in need.


Week Two: Inspiring stories of how community support has adapted during the pandemic

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

A letter-writing scheme launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis has made such a difference.

Nottingham Castle Trust

During the pandemic, a project to reintroduce Nottinghamshire’s county flower has united and connected over 900 volunteers.

Igbo Women Association Nottingham

Providing food packages to frontline hospital staff is just one of the ways that the Igbo Women Association Nottingham (IWAN) has responded.

Self Help UK

The self help charity has embraced lockdown changes to provide vital support.

Ignite Futures

Discovering new ways of working during the pandemic to take part in the global City Nature Challenge.


Week Three: Celebrating Small Charities during Small Charity Week 15 - 20 June 2020

Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

This video explores NNRF's response to the lockdown and highlights its amazing volunteers.

Family Lives

The charity adapted quickly to help Nottingham families stay active and connected in their homes.

Nottingham Women's Centre

Running a food delivery service is one of the many ways the Centre has supported local women.

Rainbow Parents Carers Forum

The charity has taken to Zoom to continue providing support to Nottingham families during lockdown.

Bulwell Forest Garden

The community garden has helped families connect with nature and enjoy green spaces by delivering free vegetable plants.