Volunteering and Coronavirus

If you or anyone you know needs help in any way and cannot find it, contact us and we may be able to help directly or point you inthe right direction. Chair@chorltonvoice.org or 0161 811 6887

There are a number of street-level groups offering support to anyone who needs it. to find one near you go to https://www.facebook.com/notes/chorlton-coronavirus-community-response/

In addition the NHS has a volunteer scheme and manchester has its own similar scheme. Here you can sign up to volunteer for differnt roles and also if your group or poganisation needs help it can ask via the Manchester scheme.

NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS

This national scheme has launched to support the NHS during Covid-19 outbreak.

You can sign up for one or more of tasks listed below (170,000 signed up in the first 24 hrs).

Once you’ve registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to an app, you switch it to ‘on duty’, and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.

We need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people and be confident they’re matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

Types of roles

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

Patient Transport volunteer: 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: 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: short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

MANCHESTER SOCIAL SUPPORT VOLUNTEERING

There’s now a scaled-up central system for volunteering to help in Manchester during the corona crisis, which will sit alongside street support groups (many people may be in both)*.

This is being coordinated by Manchester Community Central (Macc) who will match people up with needs in support services across the city.

👉Go here if you wish to volunteer your services

👉Go here if your organisation wants to request help.

If you volunteer you will be asked a series of questions  including whether you have an up to date security check (known as a DBS check).

‘The team are working with community groups to assess what their needs are, in order to direct appropriate volunteers into roles where the need is greatest’.

(* NB: we’ve been advised that grassroots mutual aid being facilitated through Facebook groups / Community Connector street groups is seen as complementing formal volunteering – and different approaches all work well together to ensure no-one falls through the cracks.)

 

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