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
. The Go Volunteer office is currently closed with staff working remotely. We can still be contacted individually and on firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe and observe the guidelines,
To support you as a volunteer you will need to let us know you are volunteering, please email Becky on email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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