Voluntary Action Rotherham Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

24th March 2020

For all the local new and updates we have received so far click here

For the latest from Rotherham Council click here

For all the national updates and guidance relevant to the VCS click here

Voluntary Action Rotherham updates can be found below:

21st May 2020

You can now view our Frequently Asked Questions here.

15th April 2020

Voluntary Action Rotherham Services and Support

Our role at Voluntary Action Rotherham is to provide you with ongoing support during these unprecedented times helping you remain as active as possible and keeping you up to date with advice and information from your local and wider support networks.

The voluntary and community sector have mobilised quickly and efficiently in the response to Covid 19, but we know that this will have impacted your groups and services.  We would like to remind you of the support and services that VAR offers and hope that you will utilise them and urge you to get in touch and let us know about some of the challenges that you are facing in these unprecedented times.

Working With You

What we are currently doing to support Rotherham’s voluntary and community sector:

  • Working with local partner agencies to coordinate support where it is most needed
  • Researching and sharing national guidance to inform the local picture
  • Working with our Food in Crisis partners and Community Food Members to ensure that food is getting out to those who need it
  • Featuring the latest news, information and good practice on our website and through our bulletin, to help local groups.
  • Gathering information from our partner organisations to establish the current challenges and helping with group support and funding.
  • Posting up to date information on Rotherham Gismo about changes to how groups are operating in the current climate

How we can Help You – Contact Details for Assistance Below: 

We recognise that these are really challenging times that will have an impact on your services and those that you are supporting.  We work with partners across all sectors including RMBC and the CCG and it’s important that you let us know what challenges you are currently facing so that we can provide you with the best support, either through VAR or one of our partner agencies.


  • If a vulnerable person needs support including a food parcel click here



  • If your group needs good practice support or help in re: to running volunteer programme, please contact Kerry McGrath, Tel:  07716 919416 or e-mail Kerry.mcgrath@varotherham.org.uk



Finally……   We know that local groups are doing some great work in communities and we would love to hear about it and celebrate the work that you are doing on our website – please email Sarah Kelly on sarah.kelly@varotherham.org.uk  and send us a photo of your volunteering in action – lets spread some positivity in Rotherham during this difficult time.


26th March 2020


The Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme is a borough-wide volunteer programme, co-ordinated by the Rotherham Community Hub to help vulnerable people across Rotherham during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Rotherham Community Hub includes Rotherham Council, Voluntary Action Rotherham and other community partners.

Find out more and how to sign up here: https://www.varotherham.org.uk/news/rotherham-heroes-volunteer-programme/

24th March 2020

The Spectrum is temporarily closed.

Following the latest announcement from Government our offices will now be closed.

The safety of our staff, volunteers, tenants and the communities we serve is paramount.

We will continue to review this decision over the coming weeks, taking into consideration ongoing government advice.

In the meantime, our staff are working remotely. You can still contact us by direct email, and if you have any queries or concerns please email admin@varotherham.org.uk or call 07716 920 548 or 07562 014 600

19th March 2020

Following the increased measures for Covid-19 which have been announced by the government, VAR has now had to make some changes to how we operate.

The Spectrum (for now) is open, if you do need to come to the building Government guidelines are being followed. Whilst some staff are working from the office, most are working remotely;  so in the first instance we would like to advise you to contact staff via email or call VAR reception on 01709 829821.

Training sessions, meetings and events that were scheduled to take place over the next couple of weeks have been postponed and, where appropriate, will be rearranged in due course. VAR will be contacting members who are booked to attend directly to inform them of this decision.

Following Government advice we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all face-to-face appointments, this includes our Link Workers and Social Prescribing Service Advisors meeting patients in person. We are exploring creative ways in which we can still engage our members and patients but for now all support services will be via the telephone.

Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.

For full details on local groups and organisations please check individual groups websites/ social media for their latest service provision.

We need your help!

As we face an unprecedented national and worldwide situation; we are all working through the change and uncertainty. We will continue to work alongside you. Through our communications we want to keep up to date with how best we can provide support to groups and volunteers.

We have developed a quick survey to try and identify how Coronavirus is impacting your group/ organisation, your services and staff/ volunteers and how we might be able to help.

We also want to make visible, where appropriate, the support you are able to offer to individuals in our communities.

Please can you provide us with information, both about what you need and what you are able to offer, by completing this survey.

We know your situation may change and you can contact us at any time with any updates, in the coming days and weeks. Could you please take 5 minutes to complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VCSsupport2020

Deadline for responses: As soon as possible but by the latest 5pm Wednesday 25th March 2020


Rotherham Volunteer Centre is looking to support local groups and charities who are helping people in need as a result of the coronavirus situation (for example, those in self-isolation)

If you are looking for some volunteers, let us know.

Members of the public are approaching us offering their support at a local level.  Please contact Kerry McGrath on Tel: 01709 834451 or email Kerry.Mcgrath@varotherham.org.uk for further information.

We also have a bank of good practice documents that can help you to recruit and manage your volunteers safely and effectively as well as some useful guides to help new groups, visit: https://www.varotherham.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer/

Information, support and or queries?

If you wish to contact us with information you wish to share for the sector or with any questions related to how your voluntary or community organisation should respond, please email admin@varotherham.org.uk