COVID-19 SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS
Covid - 19 Volunteering
IMPORTANT: If you are well and not showing any signs or symptoms of a cough, cold or flu (possible indicators of the coronavirus) and you feel that you would like to help, there are a number of roles that can assist and support people in our local and borough wide community.
Community Hub Programme
Royal Borough of Greenwich Community Hub are looking for people who are interested in providing support volunteers for the Greenwich Boroughs most at risk and vulnerable residents.
Please be patient whilst your application is being processed, your help is very much appreciated and needed. Volunteer sign ups are being dealt with as quickly as possible
Royal Greenwich social care teams also need help with their work. This might include working alongside a carer who is visiting people in their homes. We will do all of the appropriate checks, training and support to keep everyone safe.
Do you speak a foreign language? Linguist-aid is connecting multi-lingual volunteers to local community groups, so you can support Londoners from home. They need your help to translate leaflets, flyers and posters also interpret for vulnerable people and talk on the phone to people who feel isolated and speak little English.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure you are not showing any signs or symptoms of a cough, cold or flu (possible indicators of the coronavirus)
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well.
Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
I am clinically trained – how can I volunteer to help the NHS?
If you are clinically trained please click here
Alternatively contact your local hospital trust.
Covid – 19 Befriending and Emotional Support Programme – click here
Physical and Mental Health:
Healthy Eating whilst isolating click here
keeping active whilst isolating click here
Mental well being click here
Help for people most in need due to isolation
know someone who is at risk or self isolating and doesn’t have support – contact the Greenwich Community Hub: call now: 0800 470 4831
List of local business from GCDA offering delivery or takeaway services for their local residents click here
You will be given guidance of the volunteering role you are undertaking.
Please ensure that you volunteer within the boundaries of your role to ensure the safety of both yourself and the residents you will be volunteering with.
Inform your coordinator of any issues, this could be with residents that you engage with or issues you might have yourself.
If you are unable to carry out your volunteering for any reason, let your coordinator know as soon as possible.
Remember to keep up to date with Government Guidelines click here
Ensure you follow the following guidelines for your personal safety
Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water at regular intervals throughout the day.
If running water and soap is not available then ensure you have alcohol-based hand wipes or sanitiser to kill viruses that may be on your hands.
Avoid touching your face and keep hands away from eyes, mouth and nose to avoid spread of any virus.
If you cough, use a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If the cough becomes persistent then you should follow government self-isolation precautions. If no tissue is available, cough into your arm.
Consider social distancing by maintaining at least 2 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
If you feel unwell and have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and follow NHS guidance whilst avoiding any contact with people
Do not continue to volunteer if you feel unwell – inform your coordinator as soon as possible
Dos and Don’ts when using your vehicle to volunteer:
The recommendations below aim to stress the importance of safe behavior when in a vehicle.
Be sure that you have a valid driving license
Follow road safety rules and regulations; respect local traffic laws and speed limits
Check that your car is in a roadworthy condition and properly equipped before using it
Make sure your vehicle has insurance cover, you do not have to alert you insurer that you are using your vehicle to drop of medicine or food whilst volunteering. If you are unsure you can check
Use a mobile phone or radio while driving
Drive if you have been drinking alcohol or if you are tired, sick or on strong medication
Leave your vehicle unlocked anywhere or at any time
Lone working guidance
Due to the nature of volunteering during this crisis, there are occasions when you will be in a situation where you are working alone, sometimes in remote or isolated areas or in the evening.
There are some precautions you need to take to reduce the risks of working alone:
Inform your coordinator and any other relevant person about your movements (where you are going, whom you are meeting) and keep them informed of last-minute changes.
Carry a mobile phone and keep it charged.
If you anticipate problems for any reason, discuss it with your coordinator. If they are not available, ask to speak with someone else. If no one is available, do not continue with your plans.
Make sure that whoever you live with knows when you are due home. If you live alone, arrange to contact someone when you return home. Make sure these contacts knows where you are going, who you are meeting, has an ETA (estimated time of arrival) and knows who to contact and raise the alarm if you do not check in.
If you find yourself in any perceived immediate danger call 999