Stewarding support volunteers - Covid 19 vaccination clinics
Volunteer roles are available supporting COVID-19 vaccination centres in North Tyneside.
Volunteer tasks will include:
- Greeting people arriving for appointments
- Car parking support at some sites
- Requesting people use hand sanitiser stations/ wear face covering on arrival
- Coordinating flow of people to and from vaccination station
- Maintaining sanitisation routines
- Coordinating the exit flow of people leaving the vaccination centre
This role requires a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check as it involves supporting in a healthcare setting. If you don't already have a DBS check, we can arrange this for you.
This is a flexible role - you can choose the times/dates you'd like to volunteer.
Volunteer tasks for all roles:
- Ensuring that social distancing guidelines are respected
- Co-ordinating with other team members to ensure the site doesn’t become overcrowded at any point in the process
- Following health and safety, safeguarding and confidentiality guidance and training
- Raising and seeking support from appropriate site staff with any issues that may arise
Other tasks, as set out in complete task descriptions which will be available for each role
This opportunity is managed by pharmacy teams.
Volunteers will be coordinated by VODA.
Volunteers will be able to access the following support from pharmacy teams:
- Site specific induction
- Site contact person for support and guidance
- PPE as appropriate to role
Volunteers will be able to access the following support from VODA:
· Telephone and email support at all times during your volunteering
· Reimbursement of any travel expenses and hand sanitiser costs incurred whilst volunteering
· Access to guidance on Safeguarding and Lone Working
All volunteers will
be covered by VODA’s policies and procedures.
VODA COVID-19 Volunteering Guidance
We want all volunteers to feel safe and enjoy making a positive contribution. We ask all volunteers to follow these simple steps to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
Look After Yourself
· If you, or any members of your household, have any coronavirus symptoms you should not do any volunteering. Instead you should call or email us as soon as possible so we can cancel your volunteering and offer you any support you might need.
· Please wash your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) before and after carrying out your volunteering activity to help minimise any risk of infection.
· Only carry out tasks that have been agreed by VODA. It is important you do not offer any additional support without discussing this with us first. If you are in any doubt please give us a call.
· Make sure someone knows your whereabouts at all times - ideally a friend or family member. Ask them to contact VODA if they have any concerns about your safety.
· Don’t take on too much. Every little helps. If you find that you are no longer able to continue your volunteering that’s fine. Just let us know. You don’t need to be a hero!
· If you need any help - just ask!
Look After Others
· If you have any concerns about someone’s welfare don’t try to handle the situation yourself. Pass on any concerns to VODA as soon as you can so we can take the appropriate action.
· If a situation feels risky, it probably is. Call off your volunteering and contact VODA straight away.
· Keep people’s personal information and circumstances confidential so as not to compromise their safety. Do not share people’s details with friends and family or on social media.
· Do not offer advice unless you are trained to do so. Sometimes well-meaning advice can lead to negative consequences.
· If someone offers you a gift please politely decline it informing them that VODA has instructed you to do so.
About North Tyneside VODA
North Tyneside VODA supports volunteers and voluntary and community sector organisations across the borough of North Tyneside. We provide support, advice on training on a range of topics including starting and setting up a group, governance issues, charity law, funding, finance, involving volunteers and more.
What skills do I need?
Skills and qualities for these roles:
Ability to communicate in a calm and professional manner
Ability to follow health and safety instructions and to seek support where needed
Ability to volunteer as part of a team
This role involves
Standing for long periods
Wearing a face mask
Being in a busy healthcare setting
As part of applying for this role, you will be asked health status questions.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
VODA induction, pharmacy site induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Various times and dates - volunteers select session times to suit
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