Still want to help? Volunteering during Covid-19

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We understand that some of you are keen to lend your free time to help worthy causes during these difficult times.  Whether you are in Newcastle or elsewhere, we have picked some local and online volunteering opportunities for you. 
 
For anyone considering face to face volunteering, you must ensure you are fit and healthy to do so.  You can access the latest government advice here.  NHS advice on COVID-19, including who should isolate can be found here. The Go Volunteer office is currently closed with staff working remotely. We can still be contacted individually and on govolunteer.union@ncl.ac.uk
 
Stay safe and observe the guidelines,
Go Volunteer
 

To support you as a volunteer you will need to let us know you are volunteering, please email Becky on volunteerpw4.union@ncl.ac.uk if you sign up to any of the below opportunities. 

 

Your NHS needs YOU – Join the NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders is a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) are able to stay safe and well at home.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/

 

Citylife Line

Citylife Line is a new service that has been launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle who want to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The service has been set up with partners in the voluntary and community sector for people wanting to volunteer their time while also providing a service for people to register their need for assistance.

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/citylife

 

British Red Cross

By becoming a community reserve volunteer, you will help your community get back on track in the event of a major local emergency. This may be particularly important right now and we are working with the authorities to support the Covid-19 response in the best possible way.

https://reserves.redcross.org.uk/

 

Covid Mutual Aid UK

We are a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the covid-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

Find your local group here https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/

 

Coronavirus response Community Volunteer - Search (Newcastle)

SEARCH is a small voluntary organisation based in Benwell. We aim to improve the quality of life of older people and their carers who are living in the West of Newcastle. Due to the unprecedented situation with Coronavirus, SEARCH needs flexible and willing volunteers to undertake a variety of tasks to assist those in need in the community.

To support SEARCH in providing the following to vulnerable people in the community:

  • Shopping and delivering with doorstep drop
  • Pharmacy pick up delivering with doorstep drop
  • Telephoning people to combat isolation
  • Other tasks as may become needed

Good flexibility is needed due to the rapidly changing circumstances.

https://www.volunteercentrenewcastle.org.uk/volunteer/idprocessin.php?id=5648&interests=28

 

Volunteering in your Local Area - Council Hubs

Councils across the North East are working with their voluntary and community sector partners to develop the support offer for residents who may require additional help during the crisis. This can be a range of support, such as helping with food/shopping delivery, prescription collection, topping up payment meters or general welfare checks/calls; most importantly we can’t stress enough how vital this support is for many people living in our local communities.  

We know there’s been a brilliant response from students across the region already, but if you’ve not been sure of how best to volunteer your support, please see the links for the North East Councils below. For those students who have returned home during the crisis, if you search the name of your Council and Covid19 support, we would anticipate the equivalent page should be easy to find.

  • Gateshead Council:

https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/15183/I-can-offer-help

  • Newcastle Council:

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/citylife

  • North Tyneside Council:

https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/1429/coronavirus-covid-19

  • South Tyneside Council:

https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/69340/Volunteering

  • Sunderland Council:

https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/17083/Supporting-your-community

 

Citezens Advice - Assessor

What will you do?

  • complete an introduction to Citizens Advice and training for your role
  • talk to clients over the phone or online to explore what problems they’ve come for help with
  • find information about the clients’ problems and help them to understand their options
  • write a summary of the clients’ problems and what action you’ve taken
  • look out for problems’ that are common, or are unfair, and write a short report about the problem.

Some examples of what you could do:

  • find the information online that explains how to apply for Housing Benefit in a client’s local area and explain it to them
  • identify what steps a client can take to resolve their problem with a second hand car
  • help a client find and understand what steps they can take to deal with their rent arrears

If you are interested in becoming an assessor and would like to discuss flexibility around location, time, ‘what you will do’ and how we can support you please contact us.

Stuart Keilty                                                                               Garry Besford

Volunteer Programme Manager                                               People Development Manager

stuartk@citizensadvicegateshead.org.uk                                   garryb@citizensadvicegateshead.org.uk

 

Citezens Advice? - Digital chat and messaging volunteer

What will you do?

  • complete an introduction to Citizens Advice and training for your role
  • talk to clients online using webchat and email to explore what problems they want help with
  • find information about the clients’ problems and help them to understand their options
  • write a summary of the clients’ problems and what action you’ve taken
  • look out for problems’ that are common, or are unfair, and write a short report about the problem.

Some examples of what you could do:

  • find the information online that explains how to apply for Housing Benefit in a client’s local area and explain it to them
  • identify what steps a client can take to resolve their problem with a second hand car
  • help a client find and understand what steps they can take to deal with their rent arrears

If you are interested in becoming a digital chat and messaging volunteer and would like to discuss flexibility around location, time, ‘what you will do’ and how we can support you please contact us. 

Stuart Keilty                                                                               Garry Besford

Volunteer Programme Manager                                               People Development Manager

stuartk@citizensadvicegateshead.org.uk                                   garryb@citizensadvicegateshead.org.uk

 

Alzheimer's Society - Side by Side Telephone Volunteer

Why we need you:

The Side by Side telepjone service provides people living with dementia with companionship and conversation. Through regular contact, people living with dementia will stay connected and better informed on how to access local services and activities. 

What you'll be doing:

  • Telephoning people living with dementia on a regular basis, chatting with them about the things they are interested in and want to talk about. The number of people you telephone may vary.
  • Assisting and supporting people living with dementia, giving advice, and signposting them to services to enable them to live well.
  • Providing formal feedback to your role manager or lead volunteer.

Interested? Find out more!

If you have any questions abou the role or would like to apply, please contact fiona.swindell@alzheimers.org.uk

 

Girls Friendly Society - Virtual Activity Leader

GFS Virtual Activity Leaders are people who want to help deliver fun and inspiring sessions to girls and young women online.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, some of our groups are running virtually via video link (Zoom). Every week, girls come together to take part in interactive activities run by GFS volunteers. During these virtual sessions, we run topic based online activities each week around our six programme themes: Happy to be me, My community, Be creative, Get active, Have fun and Skills for life.

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in running and facilitating interactive online activities that will benefit girls and young women by:

  • Building confidence, self-esteem, wellbeing and resilience
  • Creating support networks and foster friendship
  • Developing healthy life skills

Girls Friendly Society - Content Creator Volunteer

GFS Content Creators are creative people who want to help develop interesting, inspiring, fun and interactive online activities for our virtual groups for girls and young women.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, a number of our groups are running virtually via video link (Zoom). Every week, girls come together to take part in interactive activities run by our amazing GFS volunteers. During these virtual sessions, we run topic-based online activities around our programme themes; Happy to be me, My community, Be creative, Get active, Have fun, Skills for life.

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in creating and designing interactive online activities that volunteers can run in virtual group sessions and have a focus on:

  • building confidence, self-esteem, wellbeing and resilience
  • creating support networks and foster friendship
  • developing healthy life skills

GFS Content Creators will be creating, designing and adapting activities to be suitable for video calling; making them interactive, accessible for the girls to be able to do in their homes and age appropriate. We are mostly looking for activities to be created for the 5–12 age group, with some activities for the 13–18 age group.

To apply complete this form https://girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-with-us-be-part-of-something-great/volunteer-registration/ or for more info email carla@girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk

 

Sheltered Accommodation - Telephone support

This befriending helping out role would enable a person to either speak to these people at risk over the telephone.

People who Help Out would not be expected to give any professional advice and information.  They are there to signpost people to the professional services if required, but mainly just to provide a welcomed friendly voice or face to talk to.

Using communication and listening skills, volunteers will deliver a friendly, patient approach and an understanding of the current situation. Volunteers can provide this role from their own home or place of work.

People who Help Out will be assigned to older people that need this type of support.  Cases will be linked by location to provide the quickest contact.

katemarshall@gateshead.gov.uk

 

Volunteer from home / online volunteering

Online volunteering is a great way to put your skills to great use, here you can find a variety of online opportunities you can help with from the comfort of your cosy bed in your pj's with a cuppa.

https://www.nusu.co.uk/news/article/6520/Volunteering-From-Home/

 

Knitting and Crochet

Now is the perfect opportunity to learn something new or start a new hobby. We have recently set up a knitting group who meet regular to knit and crochet items which can help those in hospital such as baby hats and canular covers and even teddys.

https://www.nusu.co.uk/news/article/6520/Volunteering-From-Home/

 

We want your positive stories

We're trying to share all our positive comments of the academic year so far, we need your help. Email Becky with your favourite memories, meeting new people or achievement's. Just anything you would like us to share.

Volunteerpw4.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 


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Still want to help? Volunteering during Covid-19

We understand that some of you are keen to lend your free time to help worthy causes during these difficult times.  Whether you are in Newcastle or elsewhere, we have picked some local and online volunteering opportunities for you.