Coronavirus: Advice for your organisation 

 

Volunteering and coronavirus: Supporting the booster campaign and other ways you can help.

Volunteering and coronavirus – how can you help?

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

Lend help where it’s needed
Stay safe when supporting others
Volunteer to support the covid-19 booster campaign
Volunteer with organisations providing support
Other ways to help charities
How organisations can support charities

Lend help where it's needed

To reduce the spread of the omicron variant, a booster jab campaign has been launched. The aim is to get more vaccinators and volunteers to help ramp up the booster programme. You can volunteer to support the covid-19 booster campaign.

With the omicron variant spreading fast, you may have neighbours or friends who don't feel comfortable going out. They may be at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with covid-19 and/or have other valid concerns. Look out for them and offer help with shopping and other errands. Keep yourself well while helping others.

You can also volunteer via the phone or online. For example, you could befriend those who are isolated, offering reassurance and sharing official information, such as from the governmentNHS or Public Health England.

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.

Stay safe when supporting others

  1. When volunteering, you should follow the government’s covid-19 guidance on GOV.UK. You may want to take additional precautions such as maintaining social distancing, volunteering outside and/or in small numbers.
  2. Only volunteer if you feel well enough and if helping will not cause you any undue risk or feelings of unease.
  3. Keep washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  4. It's advisable that everyone tests for covid-19 regularly. Tests are free and can be done at home. Find out more about the types of tests available and how to access them on the NHS website.
  5. If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues, don’t be afraid to flag this with appropriate statutory services.
  6. Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
  7. If volunteering indoors, encourage airflow and plenty of ventilation by opening doors and windows.
  8. If you're volunteering in a crowded or enclosed space, it's advisable that you wear a mask.
  9. Don’t take on too much – it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.

Volunteer to support the covid-19 booster campaign

St John Ambulance is mobilising existing vaccination volunteers. If you’re an existing volunteer, you'll be contacted by the re-engagement programme or you can reach out to your volunteering lead. If you’re new to St John Ambulance you can find out more on the St John Ambulance website.

NHS Volunteer Responders, a partnership between the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM, is recruiting up to 30,000 steward volunteer roles. Members of the public who can support their neighbours and the NHS through food or medication deliveries, lifts to medical appointments or ‘check-in and chat’ phone calls can also sign up. Find out more on the NHS Volunteer Responders website.

You can also check your local NHS service website for details of their own volunteer schemes.

Volunteer with organisations providing support

Charities are continuing to work with the government and local authorities to create ways for people to get involved.

If you don’t have a particular charity you want to support in your local area you can:

They can help you find out where your help is most urgently needed.

Other ways to help charities

Charities continue to be stretched by the pandemic.

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

How organisations can support charities

There are many ways your organisation can support charities. Whether you want to volunteer or you want to donate to the covid-19 response, take a look at Volunteering Matters, Helpforce, British Red Cross and Business in the Community.

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