Covid 19 – Your NHS needs you to help!
If you are keen to volunteer during the Covid 19 crisis, The Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSam are running a fantastic new campaign as the government calls for fit and healthy people to sign up as Community Responders in four different roles:
- 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.
Volunteers in healthcare are a powerful force. They save time for staff, help patients at a difficult time in their lives, and go home feeling good about themselves. Volunteering can be fun, rewarding, and often life enhancing. You will learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy the satisfaction of helping brilliant NHS staff.
The best day of the week is the day you volunteer.
Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett, founder of Helpforce
What’s it like to volunteer?
Volunteering roles are varied, and you will be trained by your hospital to carry out different jobs. From helping patients navigate their way around hospital, collecting prescriptions, supporting someone through discharge, to working in different wards like maternity, emergency departments, and the children’s ward. New volunteer roles are developing all the time, and if you prefer other roles, such as admin, there are many other hospital staff that would welcome your help.