How people can volunteer
If you are feeling well and have not knowingly had contact with anyone with Covid-19 you are able to leave your home to volunteer to provide essential services.
The Government have produced a Safeguarding Factsheet:Community Volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak and Coronavirus:How to help safely that will give you more information.
For groups wanting to find out more about volunteering and keeping people safe check out the 'Information for new groups delivering Covid 19 Support Services' section.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are now calling on people across the county to get in touch if they can volunteer their time to help others in a co-ordinated effort which will offer safe support and reassurance county, district and city wide. People can email CommunityCV@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
The coordination hub - staffed by a range of council workers - will manage offers of help, thereby maximising support for communities, working alongside existing voluntary and community organisation partners.The hub will link those who volunteer, with over 70s and others who fall within the vulnerable groups listed by the Government, who have been advised to self-isolate.People will be matched with those who need help based on their skills, time and willingness.
Cambridgeshire County Council has a list of lead local groups offering support to people during the crisis.
The City Council are co-ordinating work and you can find out where local groups and more are by checking their website
South Cambridgeshire Council are co-ordinating work and you can find out where local groups and more are by checking their website
The Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK now has groups set up all over the UK with neighbour groups setting up under its umbrella using whatsapp and face book. To find a local group or set one up see their webpage.
Sign up as a Community Reserve Volunteer with the Red Cross
You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak. - although recrutiment is currently suspended while they process the large number of people who have signed up. The programme is to support the 1.5m people in England at most risk from the virus to stay well. Once you've registered and checks are complete – you'll be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to 'on duty' and you'll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.
The national volunteer platform Do-it has now launched a plafform for individuals looking to help and for groups looking for volunteers to offer support during this emergency.
Reach Volunteering, which specialises in brokering skilled volunteer roles such as trustees, finance and HR is offering help to charities to find skilled volunteers to meet the unprecedented challenges they face.
National Care Force – was originally a brokerage platform matching healthcare workers to care homes but they are now matching anyone who wants to donate their time supporting care professionals
You might also be interested in Next door, a social media platform which allows you to interact with your neighbours
Volunteer for existing groups helping the vulnerable
Most local groups are in the process of looking at how they can adjust their services to meet need but also protect the people they work with as well as their own staff and volunteers. There is work being done to try and build up a picture of what support these groups need and we will update this information when this happens. In the meantime if you want to offer support to a particular group you could check out their website and drop them an email.
Foodbanks are continuing to operate you can find out more on the Trussel Trust website
Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are looking for for volunteers to help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and may be a welfare phone call. Sign up here
Volunteer from home Even if you need to stay at home you may still be able to volunteer - you could offer people a friendly listening ear on the phone, edit documents, manage social media or knit clothing for premature babies.
Staying safe while volunteering
Check out this guide to staying safe when you volunteer from Support Cambridgeshire
We are available to offer support and advice, in the first instance contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you promptly.