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COVID-19 Volunteering Opportunities

 

For people living on their own, with health or mobility problems self-quarantine can be challenging. There are people in the community wishing to help and support their neighbours and those local to them. 

   

Information below is from the NCVO, the largest network for charities and volunteering.

Volunteering and coronavirus – how can you help?

Here’s how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

Look out for your neighbours

The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping and other errands.

It's not just about neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:

  • stretched medical staff and volunteers
  • staff and volunteers in key worker roles
  • supermarket workers
  • delivery drivers.

Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint – your help will be even more crucial in a few weeks' time. For now, the best thing to do is to check in on neighbours.

Stay safe when supporting others

    1. Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
    2. Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
    3. Stay at least two metres - about three steps - away from people you’re helping.
    4. Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
    5. Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
    6. Don’t take on too much - it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.
    7. If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.

Volunteer with organisations providing support

There’ll be more information on the best ways to volunteer in the coming days. Charities are working with the government and local authorities to create ways for people to get involved.

Here are a few suggestions:

          • If you don’t have a particular charity you want to support in your local area, contact your local Volunteer Centre , CVS or visit the Do-it website. They can help you find out where your help is most urgently needed.
          • 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.

Other ways to help charities

All charities are going to be stretched. Lots of fundraising events that would’ve taken place have been cancelled. At the same time, many people who volunteer may not be able to - especially if they’re being advised to stay at home.

The best thing to do is keep supporting the causes you care about. The British public are incredibly generous and we really need their help to keep our work going. Any support you can give them, including as a volunteer or trustee would be incredibly valuable.

Updated 25.03.2020

 

BBC Radio - Make a Difference

 

Coronavirus

At a time when we’re being asked to work together, we will be sharing details of where you can find help and support from organisations and individuals in your area who are working hard to make things easier for you.

If you are in a position to help and have something that you’d like us to share, get in touch:

Kent

Email: radio.kent@bbc.co.uk and put "Make a Difference" into the subject title. Phone: 0800 756 1111

Sussex

Email: sussexnews@bbc.co.uk and put "Make a Difference" into the subject title.

 

Sevenoaks

 

Sevenoaks District Council have been working to establish a volunteer register scheme for those wishing to volunteer and the means for residents to log or call in with a request for practical assistance. The idea is that this scheme supports and links in with all of your community initiatives.

   

This is now live on the website:
www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/communityvolunteer
www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/requesthelp

Volunteers can register online via https://myaccount.sevenoaks.gov.uk/community-help/ Any volunteer registering will receive a Community Volunteer lanyard with an unique identification number on. These can either be collected from the Council’s Reception (whilst it remains open) or posted/delivered. The resident being assisted can, if they wish, telephone the Council’s Contact Centre to check the identification of the volunteer.

Residents can telephone or complete an online form to request practical assistance. This request will be sent through to the listed Volunteer lead for the Parish/Town. SDC have been pulling together a list of lead volunteers and volunteers but do have some gaps in the areas listed below. If you know of anyone volunteering in this area and/or are able to fill in any of these gaps please do get in touch with SDC.

• Farningham
• Knockholt
• Brasted
• Sundridge
• Chevening
• Hextable
• Leigh
• Westerham
• Crockam Hill

If you would like to register and receive a numbered Community Voluntary lanyard please do so either online by completing online form https://myaccount.sevenoaks.gov.uk/community-help/ or by calling the Council’s Contact Centre on 01732 227000. The lanyards are printed and ready to be distributed.

Updated 24.03.2020

 

Tunbridge Wells

 

A number of Tunbridge Wells Borough residents are not able to carry out certain activities that are important for day-to-day life. This may be because they are self-isolating due to showing symptoms or social distancing due to having a listed vulnerable characteristic.

Residents’ health and wellbeing is their number one priority during this time and therefore they are reaching out to local organisations and individuals who are in a position to lend a hand. Their aim through this is to be able to support all residents that may need help during this unprecedented time by rallying community support from their fantastic residents and partners.

Able to help?

Supporting those in need wouldn’t be possible without volunteers from local organisation and residents. If you think that you can offer support in any way, including those listed above, then please do get in contact with TWBC. They really appreciate your support in helping the local community during this time of need.

Want to volunteer?

TWBC are working hard to create and coordinate a one-stop shop where local charities and organisations can help each other or offer the help they can give to support the community during the Covid-19 crisis and enable vulnerable people to get the assistance they need.

To register contact them via this link.

   

Updated 25.03.2020

 

RVS Volunteering

 
 
 

Update 29th March 2020:

We asked for 250,000 #NHSVolunteerResponders , we got 750,000!! All signed up to help relieve pressure on the NHS in England

Recruitment has been paused & we kindly ask anyone who is still interested in applying to wait a few weeks until we’re reopen. Thank you everyone!

   

The service will enable health professions – GPs, nurses, NHS111, ambulance trusts, pharmacists or community health trusts – to register a request for help via the GoodSAM app. Each request for an #NHSVolunteerResponder will then be matched with a volunteer who lives nearby.

They're calling for fit & healthy people to join #NHSVolunteerResponders to help the most vulnerable during #coronacrisis .

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delivering food & medication

Automobile

driving patients to appointments

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befriending phone calls Live in England?

   

You can register here: http:// goodsamapp.org/NHS

 

Gravesham

 

Message from Gravesham Borough Council   

We have been contacted by a number of you who are keen to volunteer and help where you can.

The best support you can give at this time is to those within your local neighbourhood.

However, if you want to help further, are well enough to do so, and have not been in contact with anyone that has Coronavirus COVID-19 or who is displaying symptoms of the virus, please visit https://www.gravesham.gov.uk/volunteer and fill in the form there to register your interest.

Your details will be shared with NWK Volunteer Centre who are working with Gravesham Borough Council and other agencies to provide support at this time.

There are lots of opportunities to help, including assisting at food banks, picking up shopping on behalf of neighbours or offering telephone support.

You can also check out useful information on the website at https://www.gravesham.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Updated 25.03.2020

 

East Sussex

 

Volunteering

If you are interested in giving your time to a local group or organisation, please contact your local voluntary action service. They will help match willing volunteers with need in the local area.