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Volunteering safely during the pandemic

Volunteering in Lockdown - Advice for Volunteers

We are once again in lockdown and that means that there are likely to be vulnerable people in Nottingham that could use some help. Here are a few ways you might be able to get involved with volunteering in your local community at this time.

If possible, volunteer from home

If you can, you should volunteer from home or in your local neighbourhood. You may have neighbours who are shielding or self-isolating from others. Look out for any neighbours who may be feeling isolated and alone. You could offer to check in with them at a regular time over the phone or email or offer to help with their local grocery shopping and other small errands which can be carried out close to home. Remember, if you decide to do this, you should not enter their home and must keep your distance. if you don't know someone already, then we would recommend volunteering through a local charity or community group instead.

You could also volunteer with a charity or community group in Nottingham, via the phone or online in such roles as social media, befriending or teaching. We have a wide range of home-based volunteering roles available to view on our website from across Nottingham's charity sector. Please note, to apply for an opportunity on our website you will need to register for an account with us, this is quick and easy to do. Instructions on how to apply are available to view on each individual opportunity.

Volunteer with organisations providing support

Voluntary organisations and charities have been on the front line of the response since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Opportunities with support organisations in Nottingham include food preparation and delivery, collecting prescriptions or befriending, search hundreds of opportunities here.

Fundraising and other tasks

Not all volunteering is about providing direct support. You could help out behind the scenes with administration, campaigning, fundraising or by becoming a trustee. Once again, our website is a great starting point.

Stay safe while volunteering

Only volunteer if you feel well enough and are not shielding, self-isolating or are in a high-risk group. When volunteering you should follow these rules to reduce the risk of infection and keep yourself and the person/s you are supporting safe:

  • Keep washing your hands often, for 20 seconds each time
  • Stay at least 2 metres, about three steps, away from people you’re helping. Where 2 metres is not possible, stay at least 1 metre apart with precautions
  • If you, or any members of your household, have any Coronavirus symptoms you should not do any volunteering unless you can do it from home
  • If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues, don’t be afraid to discuss any concerns with your Volunteer Coordinator or flag with the appropriate statutory services
  • Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call
  • You can offer to run errands for people locally but stay outside of people’s homes
  • Let family and friends know what you’re doing
  • Don’t take on too much, it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down

See more advice on the NCVO website.

Need a bit more help to get into volunteering

Our Volunteer Centre is happy to help match you with volunteering opportunities that can use your skills to the best effect, as well as provide general advice on volunteering safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. Call Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer on 07483 422 503 or email volunteercentre@nottinghamcvs.co.uk



Date Posted: 
Friday, 8 January, 2021

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