It's important that volunteering efforts are carried out safely and responsibly, to maintain hygiene standards and minimise transmission risk. More information about safety can be found on the Government website here.
NHS Volunteers Responders
Yesterday, the Government launched NHS Volunteers Responders, a new scheme seeking 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS with medicine delivery, supply shopping and supporting vulnerable isolated people. These volunteers will play a crucial role in making sure that everyone can get the supplies they need on a daily basis, and has somebody to chat to over the phone.
You can become an NHS Volunteer Responder and join the NHS’s list of volunteers by visiting https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs and adding your details to the NHS section, where you can also find more information about the scheme. The Government is urging people who can to register today, support our NHS and help people shielding at home. Volunteers need to be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone. Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely.
British Red Cross
You can sign up to volunteer with the British Red Cross in your local area by following this link.
Anyone wishing to volunteer in the Daventry District can get in touch with Carella Davies at Daventry Volunteer Centre, on 01327 300 614.
A dedicated volunteering area on Northamptonshire County Council’s website has now launched, and provides information about volunteering areas, as well as a facility for people to register their offer of support online. You can also register by calling 0300 126 1000 or by emailing email@example.com
Help is particularly required in the areas below, but all offers of support will be considered.
- Tackling loneliness – people can feel isolated and particularly vulnerable during this period of uncertainty and we want to provide support for them either through phone or face-to-face contact where appropriate.
- Collecting prescriptions – people who are unable to leave the house may be concerned about their medication and we want to find volunteers who can help with local prescription pick-ups.
- Community support – keeping our county’s foodbanks stocked is of high importance and we need support transporting food items and helping out in kitchens.
if you are vulnerable, and need help in Northamptonshire, you can call the Northamptonshire Community Resilience Service's hotline on the following number: 0300 126 1000 (option 5). Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you think your business may be able to assist in the response to coronavirus, you can register your details on the Government website here.
The types of support needed include:
- medical testing equipment
- medical equipment design
- protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
- hotel rooms
- transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
- manufacturing equipment
- warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
- expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
- social care or childcare