Update from Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire's CEO, Maddy Halliday

Hello to all community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers across North Lanarkshire

I think we would all agree that it’s been a challenging few months for everyone and every organisation since the COVID 19 pandemic took hold in Scotland in March!

Over the last few months existing North Lanarkshire community and voluntary organisations have had to make many adjustments – some having to furlough staff and close or reduce services, whilst others have adapted their services to provide remote support and increased the number of people they assist.  In addition, over 15 new COVID 19 volunteer-led, local community support groups have been established to provide emergency food and other support to local people.

VANL staff have also been busy providing information to our sector and working with over 80 community and voluntary groups and council and NHS staff to jointly plan and support the community response. Despite the huge challenges our sector has been amazing, supporting thousands of people with food, befriending and information.

We are now transitioning to a recovery and renewal phase with further challenges ahead for local people and our sector.  VANL, the council and NHS Lanarkshire have recently issued am important survey to find out about community and voluntary organisations’ roles, challenges and support needs. You can find the survey here . If you have not already replied, please do so as your views are vital and will help us collectively plan for and support recovery and renewal, including statutory strategic investment plans for the community and voluntary sector across North Lanarkshire.

The closing date for the survey has been extended to Friday 10th July.  VANL, council and NHs staff will also contact local community and voluntary organisations by phone to support their response.

Best wishes

Maddy Halliday, CEO

Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire