VODA Oximeter @ Home Service - volunteer to deliver oximeters

About the project

The Oximeter @ Home Service in North Tyneside started in December 2020 in response to COVID - it involves the remote monitoring of patients with coronavirus symptoms. Patients use a pulse oximeter, a small monitor clipped to their finger, to measure their oxygen saturation levels three times a day. VODA volunteers are responsible for the delivery and collection of the Oximeters using specific safety measures.

About This Role

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to be contacted as soon as a referral is received to deliver an Oximeter to the patient's address and then collect the Oximeter after 14 days following the process below:

· Referral received by volunteer co-ordinator

· Volunteer co-ordinator will contact the patient to explain the service and check the details on the referral form

· Then to get in touch with a volunteer preferably in the area close to the patient to see if they are free to deliver an Oximeter.

· Volunteer will then contact the patient to let them know who is coming and what time.

· Volunteer to drop off the Oximeter in a COVID safe way (safety sheet will be provided)

· Volunteer to let co-ordinator know that the Oximeter has been delivered.

· After 14 days the co-ordinator will contact the patient to see if they have finished with the Oximeter.

· Volunteer will then arrange to collect the Oximeter and take it to drop off point.

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?

Support on Offer

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 incurred whilst volunteering

· Access to online guidance on Safeguarding and staying safe

· All volunteers will be covered by VODA’s policies and procedures.

· A certificate of thanks when the dust settles

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. We can provide you with anti-bacterial hand wash.

· Only carry out tasks that have been agreed by VODA. It is important you do not enter the beneficiary’s house or 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

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North Tyneside VODA

Register your Interest

Quick Enquiry


  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Emergency Response
  • Health and Social Care


  • Driving
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting People and Befriending


  • Age restrictions
    18 plus
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Various times/dates, as and when referrals are received.