COVID-19 VCSE Response Directory

The COVID-19 VCSE Response Directory provides an overview of the support services currently being offered by York’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. It has been collated to provide a valuable resource for VCSE sector organisations to use as a sign-posting tool. This document is NOT designed to be distributed to the general public. If you would like to include your organisation’s details in the directory, please complete this short online form.

FOOD SUPPORT – We have also collated a list of organisations who are providing food support during the current lockdown (3.0). View and download the document here: Food Support FEBRUARY 2021

Support for your organisation

We are continuing to provide training, workshops and information on issues raised by you, and we are continuing to provide practical one-to-one support to organisations so please continue to contact our Funding and Development Officer, Jane Granville via: if you need support – we’re here to help!

York Volunteers

If you need support finding volunteers to support the delivery of your services, please contact our Volunteer Centre Coordinators, Bev Frain and Drew Richardson via You can also register your volunteering opportunities online.

Single Point of Access Hub

In collaboration with Nimbuscare Ltd, we are running the Single Point of Access (SPA) Hub to provide vital support for patients isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms. Set up during the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020, the SPA Hub’s fantastic team of volunteers, including GoodGym York volunteers, work alongside Nimbuscare and York CVS’s admin staff to ensure individuals have access to food and medication.  You can read more about the SPA Hub in our news article.

COVID-19 VCSE Resilience Surveys

York CVS, alongside other voluntary sector partners across Yorkshire and Humberside, first issued a survey in April to find out about the immediate impact of the pandemic on the local VCSE sector. A follow-up survey was issued in October to continue to monitor the impacts of the pandemic on the sector. York CVS reviewed the data for the city and has published the COVID-19 VCSE Sector Resilience Follow-up Report, which indicates that the sector is reaching a crisis point as demand for services has increased, yet organisations are having to make significant cost savings by reducing staff numbers.

York CVS are calling for any available resources, including funding and other capacity, to be directed towards the sector immediately to ensure services are not lost. They are working with voluntary sector partners across the country to influence national government to provide support for a wider range of organisations until post COVID-19 arrangements are established.

Taking action – real time monitoring

As part of the report we have issued a list of recommendations for partner organisations and outlined the actions we will be taking as an organisation to support the sector.

Going forward, we want to ensure that the sector and key organisations, including the local authority, local and national funders and the wider system of commissioners are aware of the real time needs of our local VCSE sector. By this, we mean taking a more proactive approach to collating intelligence about how the sector is doing within the city; ensuring organisations receive the support they need, when they need it.

On a fortnightly basis, we’ll be contacting our members to ask them 6 questions about how their organisation is doing; what resources they need, what is working well (and not so well), and what their concerns are going forward. From this information we’ll produce a fortnightly briefing which will be shared with the sector and our key partners to help shape real time support for the sector.

What we did during 2020

Our COVID-19: What we did report provides a snapshot of the work we carried out, and what we heard, during March to June 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘We’ refers to all York CVS staff working in collaboration throughout the period described.

We were Highly Commended at the NAVCA Heart of the Community Awards for our work during 2020. Here’s a video highlight of the activities we were involved in: