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Can you become an NHS volunteer?

Gscene Editorial Team March 26, 2020

Our amazing NHS is all that is standing between us and a catastrophe. Up and down the country, brave doctors and nurses, already working round the clock, are bracing themselves for the peak of the coronavirus outbreak that could kill thousands.

And they’re asking for our help.

They’re looking for volunteers to help the 1.5 million highly vulnerable people now confined to their homes. Already, Avaazers have set up over 600 community support groups to get help to those who need it, and to share inspiration and hope in this difficult time. Now we can step up again.

If you can, will you become an NHS volunteer? There are all sorts of roles required — just click and register and let’s stand with our brave NHS workers, and the most vulnerable in society, at this time of national crisis!

I’ll sign up to volunteer!

Once you have registered, you’ll get access to an app. Switch the app to On Duty, and you’ll see real time volunteer tasks to pick from nearby. You could be matched with a vulnerable person to support through this crisis — all the support required will be provided, and you can stop at any time if it’s not right for you.

This could be our finest hour — the moment the country pulls together in a time of profound crisis. Let’s show the most vulnerable in our communities that physical distance does not need to mean social isolation. No-one can be forgotten. No-one can be left behind.

Click below to sign up as an NHS volunteer, and encourage anyone who can to do the same. Together, we will come through this crisis. Let’s make sure that we all play our part at this time:

Volunteers must 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.

Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our ‘getting started pack’. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the ‘getting started pack’.

Learn more or sign up here: 

Here are the ways you can support:

Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.

NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.