Here’s how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Look out for your neighbours

The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping and other errands.

It’s not just about neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:

  • stretched medical staff and volunteers
  • staff and volunteers in key worker roles
  • supermarket workers
  • delivery drivers.

Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint – your help will be even more crucial in a few weeks’ time. For now, the best thing to do is to check in on neighbours.

Stay safe when supporting others

    1. Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
    2. Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
    3. Stay at least two metres – about three steps – away from people you’re helping.
    4. Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
    5. Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
    6. Don’t take on too much – it’s often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.
    7. If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.

Volunteer with organisations providing support

There’ll be more information on the best ways to volunteer in the coming days. Charities are working with the government and local authorities to create ways for people to get involved.

If you don’t have a particular charity you want to support in your local area, contact us by sending an email to volunteering@westminster.ac.uk or call Berekhet at 07817139877 to get a digital 1-2-1.

 

 

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