We know how much some of you have enjoyed returning to face-to-face social activities in the past few months. And, with October now upon us, we know that organising an end-of-year party may be on your mind. After the isolations of the past 18 months, some of you will be keen to get together for a celebration, whereas others will continue to be more cautious about how they socialise. We want to help you ensure that whatever you might be planning is as safe as possible.
If your group is planning a straightforward gathering in a managed venue (such as a meal in a pub or hotel) you should use the guidance document HSV: 931. You can find this here, along with the accompanying documents you need to use.
If your group is planning a straightforward gathering in an unmanaged venue (such as a social with shop prepared food) you should follow Risk Assessment VERA: 908A. You can find this here, along with the accompanying documents you need to use.
Unmanaged venues should always only be used where there are no managed venues available.
You should upload the relevant document to the Portal, email the Volunteer Support Team ([email protected]) to say you’ve done this, and then wait to receive an email back from us saying you’re good to go ahead.
- If your group is planning a more complex party (in either a managed or unmanaged venue) where you’re intending to invite a third-party entertainer (such as a DJ, singer or magician), you’ll need to use a new risk assessment. We’re currently working on this, and it will be available by the end of October. We’ll update you on this in our next email.
If you haven’t yet restarted any social activity (but are planning to), do remember that we can’t approve any face-to-face events to go ahead until someone from your group has attended one of our ‘Social’ Zoom sessions. You can find more details, and sign up for a session, here.