Voluntary Organisations: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to work with the voluntary sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Minister of State

Volunteers and the voluntary sector are playing a vital role in tackling the challenges of COVID-19.

Our pledge of £750 million, including my Department’s £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts, is providing essential funds to enable voluntary and community organisations to deliver services at the local and national level.

My Department is working closely with the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership to match the country’s strong base of willing volunteers with priority needs and to target support to areas of greatest need. We are also working with the voluntary sector to ensure that government guidance is effective and that volunteer mobilisation schemes are consistently rewarding, effective and safe.

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