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A Community Works video: registering your volunteer support to the Covid-19 response in Brighton & Hove and Adur & Worthing.
I want to volunteer
It’s been inspiring to see how quickly our communities are stepping forward and mobilising to do what they can to help others. We have had a lot of people contacting us offering their support and want to do what we can to make that happen. We know that a lot of local charities and community groups will be working hard and would welcome more volunteers, and there are a lot of local schemes developing both on and offline. Community Works want to provide both volunteers and organisations with as much practical advice and guidance as we can.
There are some opportunities being listed gradually on the Volunteer Centre page but do bear in mind that many charities are working hard to restructure their services and are still in the process of working out how volunteers can get involved. Please contact the Volunteer Center on firstname.lastname@example.org for further opportunities that are not yet listed.
You can also email us on email@example.com and we will see if we can help you. We are receiving a high volume of enquiries but will get back to you as soon as possible.
The following organisations are currently looking for volunteers specifically to help with Covid-19 response:
- National Care Force https://www.nationalcareforce.co.uk/
Adur and Worthing:
- Adur & Worthing Councils (for those with a current DBS).
- Time to Talk Befriending
- Cruse Bereavement Care
- Transition Town Worthing – PPE assembly and delivery
Brighton and Hove
Mutual Aid Groups
You can also consider volunteering informally in your community. If you know vulnerable people and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, WhatsApp,) just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping etc. There are a lot of local Facebook or other neighbourhood based forums, it may be worth checking in with yours to see if they are coordinating anything at a very local level. You can find your local Mutual Aid group here but these are not formal organisations so have a look at this great video on how to volunteer safely from Support Cambridgeshire.
If you are volunteer shopping for someone else, please watch our video for top tips and things to consider to keep yourself and the person you are shopping for safe.
We’re looking for volunteers
If you are looking for extra volunteers we would encourage you to clarify the role(s) and register the opportunities with us when you can. That way we can signpost people to trusted organisations. If you would like us to publicise the opportunities more widely let us know and we can do that. If you have a role that you have recently publicised with the Volunteer Centre it may be as simple as letting us know that you would like us to reactivate it.
We know that people want to get involved as quickly as possible, but it is important that a basic assessment and induction is completed, including ensuring that you are safeguarding volunteers, staff and the community. Best practice on working with volunteers is on our website, but you can also contact us. If you are able to please do use email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have gathered some guidance about volunteer management during the Covid-19 outbreak
If you will be engaging volunteers for the first time, or in significantly greater numbers, it is worth checking if your insurance covers you for this.
Make sure that all your volunteers (and staff of course) always know the most recent advice and guidance from Public Health England.
Please see our Coronavirus Covid-19: Latest information and what you can do hub page for more information.