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Volunteering Update 8 April 2020

The response so far to calls for volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis has been heartwarming. More than 750,000 people signed up to join the NHS “volunteer army” – three times the government’s original target – to help relieve pressure on the NHS during the pandemic, which will be managed by a mobile app called GoodSam.

At VODA, we now have a large bank of Tier 1 volunteers – those who can carry out tasks without requiring a DBS – and we are currently operating a waiting list for this group.

However, we are still in need of more Tier 3 volunteers – those people with a DBS – to handle money etc. If you are interested in this role, you can Download Role Description here or Sign up to volunteer here

Other volunteering opportunities

HenPower Henpals scheme from Equal Arts – https://twitter.com/equal_arts/status/1246017240241225729/photo/1. This is a home-based role – they are collecting photos of letters and cards, to be emailed in and distributed to people in care homes.

Age UK North Tyneside is seeking volunteers with cars to provide local patient transport to get the routinely discharged older people out of hospital and back home ahead of the peak of the pandemic, find our more here https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside/get-involved/volunteer/

telephone befriending volunteers, you can sign up here – https://voda.org.uk/opportunity/telephone-support-covid-19-711/ Or here http://dreamshine.co.uk/contact-us/ (new volunteers can join a waiting list).

The national GoodSam scheme will reopen in a few weeks – https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders

Non-Covid 19 roles

Princes Trust has a role available for online mentors – https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support-our-work/volunteer/become-an-online-mentor.

Common Room of the North
archives volunteer – https://thecommonroom.org.uk/can-you-help-us/. they can induct new volunteers remotely