I want to help in some way – can I volunteer?

I want to help in some way – can I volunteer?

You can help people at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus by joining the NHS Volunteer Responders.

Read more about the NHS Volunteer Responders on the NHS England website.

Two of the main tasks undertaken by voulnteer responders are:

  • ‘Community Response’ – which involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home. This could act as a helpful complement to the food and pharmacy deliveries government is already coordinating for up to 1.5m people within the shielding group, who have been advised to remain at home and avoid all face to face contact.
  • ‘Check-in and Chat’ – where volunteers provide short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation. This could help as your local area looks to provide social contact with the shielded vulnerable – I propose that volunteers should be able to commit to a weekly call to support someone who might be feeling lonely.

Read more about the NHS Volunteer Responders on the NHS England website.