Volunteering to help those affected by COVID-19
Sign up as a Community Reserve Volunteer with the Red Cross https://reserves.redcross.org.uk/
You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak. This 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 tas 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 https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-involved/volunteer/
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. For example, you could offer people a friendly listening ear on the phone, edit documents, manage social media or knit clothing for premature babies.
Stay safe when supporting others (NCVO guidance)
- Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
- Stay at least two metres - about three steps - away from people you’re helping.
- Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
- Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
- Don’t take on too much - it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.
- If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services
You can watch a helpful video on How to keep safe volunteering
CCVS is able to offer support around volunteering: