Thank you to everyone who has answered the call to help during these unprecedented times. You are all amazing! The Team at CW Voluntary Action is here to help any volunteers/community goodwill/Mutual aid groups. We have put together these tips with the help of a number of different resources. While we’ve tried to make sure that the information is accurate and up-to-date, the situation with COVID-19 is changing all the time. Please keep in touch with us for the latest information and guidance.
Update on Volunteering and Covid (Source: DCMS)
As ever, people should follow social distancing guidance while volunteering outside the home, or COVID-secure guidance if in a workplace. While travelling to volunteer or while volunteering, people should follow the safer travel guidance on GOV.UK.
GOV.UK guidance setting out how volunteering can be done safely during coronavirus is up to date with the current restrictions. This includes guidance for volunteers and for organisations/groups which involve volunteers in their work.
Twice-weekly testing offer
Everyone in England without symptoms can now take a free rapid coronavirus test twice a week. The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms is delivered through:
Government advice is that people who need to leave the home to work or volunteer should be tested twice a week.
Where to get support for vulnerable people in west Cheshire.
Safeguarding beneficiaries of your support group
The following tasks are not deemed to be regulated activity and do not require a DBS check:
· Shopping for those who are isolating
· Picking up prescriptions
· Posting mail
· Dog walking
· Driving (with the exception of transporting patients)
Regulated activities include transporting, teaching and caring; including personal care to those who are vulnerable due to age, illness or disability.
If your volunteers are undertaking roles that require DBS, more information can be found here.
Volunteering at home or remotely Ideas for young people working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award.
Logo to download if you are a volunteer
The Council’s COVID-19 helpline is still available from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 12.30pm on a Saturday. Call: 0300 123 7031.
CWP Mental Health helpline 0800 145 6485. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
The council’s Live Well website is being continuously updated with services and suppliers which will help you help your neighbours. This includes local food deliveries.
Excellent advice on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak – including paying for goods or services
Food safety for community cooking and food banks: Hygiene and allergy advice for individuals and groups preparing meals to share in their community.
Walking someone else’s dog during coronavirus
Measures introduced to reduce the spread of Covid 19 means that a lot of dog owners may not be able to walk their dog so could be relying upon others for help. If you have offered to walk someone else’s dog here is some guidance to help keep everyone safe.