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We are delighted to announce that our Spring Programme of educational events will begin with COVID Volunteers; Top up or Top Down – A Partnership on March 17th 2021 at 10am.

Join us for the latest in our series of webinars for this fascinating exploration of volunteering in the COVID-19 response. This webinar is free for EPS members to attend. There is a small charge of £30 for non-members to attend.

We are delighted to announce that our Spring Programme of educational events will begin with COVID Volunteers; Top up or Top Down – A Partnership?

The webinar will begin with a presentation from Kirsty O’Callaghan, Head of Strengthening Communities at Essex County Council.

Kirsty will be talking about the Essex Corona Virus Action initiative which is a new model of outreach for vulnerable people and wider audiences affected by the pandemic. The Essex Corona Virus Facebook page disseminates Essex-specific information about Public Health guidance, pandemic related public services and volunteering opportunities. It’s also got a closed Facebook page for citizens who want to ask questions and seek help. 20,000 of its 37,000 members joined within 72 hours of its creation.

In 2020, during the from March 14th-21st 2020, more than 7,000 volunteers signed up to support the coronavirus effort. More information is available here

Our second speaker will be Professor Lucy Easthope LLB MSc PhD FEPS FRAI with her presentation The Wrong Type of Cheese: Responding to a disaster very close to home.

Lucy will be talking about taking the theory of localised community resilience to her own village doing the spring and summer of 2020 and the learning that will shape her practice in the future.

She is co-founder of the After Disaster Network at the University of Durham and was awarded a fellowship by the EPS for her work in this area.

Lucy’s first book The Recovery Myth, is a detailed ethnography of community action after disaster and further information is available to seminar attendees by messaging director@whatevernext.org.uk and her next book about life in disaster will be published by Hodder early next year.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and open debate.

Non-members are welcome to attend. To register a place visit: https://the-eps.org/event/covid-volunteers-top-up-or-top-down-a-partnership/

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