COVID19 and Volunteering
COVID-19 and volunteering: How can you help?
Helping those suffering from COVID-19
During this time, we aim to keep you up to date with the best ways that you can support your community.
We're in the process of collating ways in which you can support your community; we are currently talking to community partners, so this is by no means a comprehensive list, but a few ways in which you can support at the moment.
- Acorn Coronavirus Community Support
- Covid -19 Mutual aid groups are being set up around the country, join your local group, or set one up here
- You can sign up to the British Red Cross’ community reserve volunteers scheme
- NHS Volunteers - The NHS were looking for 250,000 volunteers to help out with Community Response, Patient Transport, NHS Transport and Check - in and Chat roles. Incredibly, this target was exceeded in a day! There are now a phenomenal 750,000 NHS Volunteer Responders signed up to help relieve the pressure on the NHS in England. Due to an overwhelming amount of applications, recruitment is now paused. Those interested are kindly asked to wait a few weeks for the application process to re-open For more info on the roles and how to sign up visit this NHS Website.
- Age UK have set up Neighbourly Volunteering where you can help support your older neighbours with anything from shopping for essentials to a friendly phone call. Please see the website for more details. Not available for all Age UK branches. Please check the opportunities available with your local branch
- Send out cards to you neighbours who might need some support, here's a template you can use:
In the meantime, following instructions from public health agencies, being kind and empathising with those that are finding it difficult at this time are some of the best things that you can do to help your community.
Staying safe when supporting others
It’s important to stay safe when supporting others. Use the following instructions created by NCVO:
- Let family and friends know what you are doing and where you are going
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call
- Stay at least two metres or 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 as 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, then don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services
Self-Isolating and looking for something to do? There are plenty of ways in which you can support your community and global community, from the comfort of your home:
- UN Volunteers have numerous roles
- Transcribing anti-slavery manuscripts
- Transcribing historical documents for the Imperial War Museum
- Helping those who are vulnerable by mapping areas for humanitarian organisations
- Tagging wild animal sightings with ZSL
- Translators without borders need people who speak more than one language
- Zooniverse have a number of online projects exploring arts, climate and history amongst many more
- Be My Eyes is an app that connects visually impaired people with volunteers to help them
- Online Homework Club volunteer with Zest - please email Volunteering@shu.ac.uk if you are interested
The Volunteering team are currently working remotely; if you have any questions or would like any more information about getting involved please don’t hesitate to contact us at: Volunteering@shu.ac.uk.
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