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Volunteering During the Coronvirus situation

We are very aware that during this current situation many people are looking at ways to support their community.


Here at RCVDA we are continuing to deal with applications that come through the Do-it portal.  We also encourage individuals to access the NHS volunteer opportunities below.  We are currently working with a number of partners to co-ordinate our joined up response to the unprecedented challenges our communities are facing.  We are also posting all the information we are being sent on a designated page on this website.

‘Your NHS Needs You’ – NHS Call For Volunteer Army

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at to become NHS Volunteer Responders, 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;
• or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.

GPs, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, NHS 111 advisers and social care staff will all be able to request help for their at-risk patients via a call centre run by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), who will match people who need help with volunteers who live near to them. Some charities will also be able to refer people to the service.

I want to Volunteer

A key function of RCVDA Volunteer Centre is to match potential volunteers to volunteering opportunities in voluntary organisations and community groups.  We offer anyone wishing to volunteer support and advice in matching their motivations and aspirations to appropriate volunteering opportunities.  This may include progression towards employment or in developing career options, but there are also many other motivations such as learning, keeping active or simply helping others. If you would just like to register your interest and we will find a suitable opportunity, fill in our short form here

"Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant. There will always be someone out there who needs what you have to give"

Want to know more?

We understand that each person is different and might require a different level of support to start volunteering. We can make an appointment for you to visit the Volunteer Centre or, in special circumstances,  meet you in your local community.  If you wish to speak to an advisor please contact us. Alternatively if you would prefer to apply online, complete the form Tell us about yourself we can suggest suitable opportunities that match your interests and availability and refer your expression of interest to the organisation with a request that they contact you with further information. We will inform you of each organisation we have sent your details to.

Tell us about yourself
What can I expect as a Volunteer?

Volunteering is for everyone, regardless of age, employment status and abilities. Volunteering is not just about giving – it is a two-way exchange of skills and experience, Volunteering provides a way to meet new people and find out more about (and give back to) your community! Volunteering can be great fun and very rewarding. Volunteering can be on a regular or ONE-OFF basis What can you expect?

  • Your travel expenses to be paid.
  • A clear outline of what is expected of you.  This is usually in the form of a written ‘task profile’.
  • Training and guidance on your role.
  • Support or supervision from a paid member of staff, or in smaller organisations and groups, from an experienced volunteer.
  • To be safe and covered by insurance to carry out the tasks you’ve been given.
  • To be made aware of the organisation’s policies and procedures, including who you should talk to if you are unhappy.
  • To feel valued by the organisation and able to contribute to its development.

Want to talk to someone? Contact our Volunteer Support Officer Carole Marshall on 01642 440571 or contact us below

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