I want to help (individuals)
All volunteering to support the COVID-19 response should be guided by the following three principles:
- Safety - ensuring both volunteers and those receiving support are protected from harm
- Hygiene - frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water and that all food is stored and prepared in line with food hygiene standards
- Social Distancing - remaining at least 2 metres from people who are not part of your household at all times
Please note, to comply with the UK’s current ‘Stay at Home’ rules and guidance from the NHS you can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:
- You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anybody in your household
- You are under 70
- You are not pregnant
- You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus
However, if you need to remain at home, there are still ways you can help.
Local Volunteering Opportunities
Haringey Reach and Connect
We are working with Public Voice, who have expanded their Reach and Connect telephone befriending service to support those shielding and isolating in the borough.
They are looking for volunteers to support and expand this service, information and sign up can be found on the Reach and Connect website (external link).
The Felix Project
The Felix Project is continuing to provide vital services to organisation including foodbanks and community kitchens, working to ensure vulnerable people are connected to the food they need.
London Independent Living Service (LILS)
Service providing meals on wheels across London, looking for volunteers to support the response to COVID-19.
- London Independent Living Service website (external link)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 03333 444 806
Mutual Aid groups
COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK.
- Want to find a group in your area? Check the live mutual aid group listings and map here (external link)
- To add your group to the list, follow the link above and click on the 'Or add a group' link
Contact a ward coordinator
Ward coordinators are a single point of contact for mutual aid groups and local community groups and organisations in the borough. They can help to share and signpost to information and support coordination of activity at a local ward level.
For more guidance and resources on how to support your community visit the Mutual Aid UK website (external link)
NHS Volunteering Scheme
The nation is looking for up to 750,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.
You can sign up on the GoodSAM website (external link) and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:
- Delivering medicines from pharmacies
- Driving patients to appointments
- Bringing them home from hospital
- Making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross are working closely with local authorities to support the COVID-19 response. They are looking for volunteers to support a range of activities including delivering food and medicine.
We will update this webpage regularly to reflect to current volunteering opportunities in the borough and may put a call out for specific skills in the coming weeks.
If you are a voluntary community sector organisation, business or group and would like to help please complete our webform with your organisations details.
Can you volunteer to help during the COVID-19 pandemic?
If you would like to volunteer to help during the pandemic, then please register your details with the Bridge Renewal Trust (external link).
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