During this crisis many people want to help and many will need help.
There are now official new ways in which you can register to volunteer to help your community.
Opportunities include shopping, collecting prescriptions etc as well as Check In and Chat Volunteers.
The Government have also released information regarding Volunteer placements, rights and expenses which can be found here
Recruitment to this scheme was temporarily paused on 29 March 2020 to process the initial 750,000 applications. Further information will follow.
Here are the ways you can support:
- 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.
West Sussex County Council Community Hub
The County Council are focused on making sure that it can continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community - those who rely on someone else to help with daily living.
Some of these people can manage on their own but, as a result of social distancing, now find themselves without access to care, support or basic provisions. This could be because the support network they’ve relied on is no longer available to them during this crisis.
Through this page, residents will soon be able to let the County Council know:
- about someone they’re worried about
- whether they need support themselves
- about any businesses and organisations who want to support us.
For the launch the County Council are asking those of you who can offer support and help by volunteering or taking up casual employment to complete the form.
West Sussex Community Support
Tel:033 022 27980
Additional Information Lines are open 8.00am - 8.00pm
Only use the official channels to Volunteer -
Keep Safe, Keep the Community Safe!
Age UK West Sussex
Age UK West Sussex are seeking Volunteers to support the older members of our Community during this time.
There are a variety of roles which can be found here
An application form can be found here
Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer
By becoming a community reserve volunteer, you will help your community get back on track in the event of a major local emergency. This may be particularly important right now and the Red Cross are working with the authorities to support the Covid-19 response in the best possible way.
In the meantime, please sign up to join the growing network of volunteers, which the Red Cross have been building since 2017, with Aviva’s support.
Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene. You just need to meet the criteria below.
- I am 18 or above
- I understand I will be called upon in a crisis
- I understand I will only be asked to help in my local community.
Click here to register.
Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester (VAAC)
Provides support and development services to the voluntary and community sector, to bring about sustained and positive change to the lives of individuals and communities throughout Arun and Chichester. If you are interested to find out about other organisations which might need volunteer help during the Covid-19 crisis VAAC may be able to help. Tel: 01243 840305
Attached is a document provided by VAAC from the British Insurers Association, with a list of insurers who cover volunteering in their normal drivers policy and who do not.
Volunteers should contact their insurers if volunteering is not covered.