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Places to volunteer and offer help during the coronavirus crisis

The UK’s fantastic community spirit has been the source of support and hope during this difficult time. There are lots of ways to help out those in need, from volunteering at home over the phone to going out to deliver supplies. Below is a list of resources on how you can support others during the coronavirus pandemic. This is a great way to use your time wisely and be kind as we’re #BetterTogether. Before volunteering, please read the government guide on how to help safely and remember to take care of yourself too. We will continue to update this blog post as more material becomes available.

NHS

  • Sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders to support the NHS with the outbreak. There are a range of volunteering options, from delivering groceries to providing telephone support to those at risk of loneliness
  • You can still give blood & platelets during the coronavirus outbreak. Blood donation is considered essential travel. Only 4% of blood donors come from BAME communities & Black people with Sickle Cell disease urgently need black donors

Foodbanks

  • Volunteer on the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest network of food banks. You can also use their website to find foodbanks near you to donate items and find out if they need volunteers
  • Compassion London, who are making and distributing healthy, nutritious and delicious meals especially for NHS and support workers, vulnerable children and their families and those who are ill are looking for volunteers to deliver their food
  • The Magpie Project in Forest Gate are currently acting as a hub for donations and sorting food parcels

Helping the Elderly

  • Age UK has a guide on neighbourly volunteering with a simple training video on how you can offer help and provide key information to your older neighbours
  • Independent Age is looking for telephone volunteers
  • Campaign to End Loneliness also has a list of helpful resources

Local volunteering

  • NCVO has a page where you can find your local Volunteer Centre
  • Do-it.org finds out where charity support local to you is most needed
  • Volunteering Matters run 80 UK volunteering programmes to help communities turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress
  • Covid-19 Mutual Aid supports local community groups organising mutual aid, connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need
  • London.gov.uk has a list of remote volunteering opportunities by borough
  • The Arc Centre is a community centre near Angel in London looking for volunteers for an online skillshare and anyone who can help them run a food bank
  • Acorn is organising local volunteers to support who need shopping, prescription collection, post and anything else they may need if they are stuck at home

Other volunteering opportunities

  • Reach Volunteering is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK, they match volunteers’ skills to charities that need their specific help
  • Curious Minds are looking for furloughed staff from arts, culture and heritage sectors to support freelancers and small community and voluntary organisations with their skills and knowledge
  • The Red Cross is taking community reserve volunteers who will help their community get back on track in the event of a major local emergency
  • Furlough Go has been set up to enable charities and community groups to connect with and involve these skilled and experienced furloughed staff as volunteers
  • The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme are taking international online volunteers to address global sustainable development challenges
  • Pick for Britain are looking for British workers to lend a hand for this year’s harvest, and have a range of roles across the UK

Period Poverty

  • Bloody Good Period help get sanitary products to those who need them, and are accepting donations and encouraging people to help fundraise
  • Tricky Period help provide period products to those in need, and are also accepting donations