how to Volunteer safely in response covid-19
We’re passionate about volunteering and the amazing impact it has, no more so than in the current climate when so many people realise their potential to help each other. We want to offer advice to organisations or groups who want to get their people volunteering safely, for the first time or maybe doing different activities.
Volunteering should only be for essential services such as providing shopping for someone unable to access food and medicine, and this should be done as infrequently as possible. You may also need to provide care to help a vulnerable person.
Use social distancing measures and please avoid travel as much as possible to prevent COVID-19 from spreading or infecting others.
If you’re a charity, volunteering should only be for essential services support and appropriate risk assessments must be in place.
We hope these simple guidelines are helpful when thinking about volunteering, or setting up a community volunteering activity in your local area. If you require more guidance of have further questions or queries please email us at email@example.com and a member of our team will be in touch
Below are several resources on how to #VolunteerSafely:
It’s important to think about how you can volunteer safely, and what steps you can take. This is so important during this national pandemic. Below are quick guides on how to identify and manage risks when planning a volunteering activity.
Below are some templates for specific situations you may be volunteering in:
Sometimes you, or your volunteers may see something that concerns you. We’ve created a guide on what steps to take, and what signs to look out for. These signs don’t always mean that someone in a household is at risk or being harmed, but they are indicators of abuse so are important to be aware of what to look for, so they can be noted and sent them to a volunteer lead and your local safeguarding teams.
background checks and dbs
Contact your local volunteer centre
If you are organising volunteering activity, we recommend you contact your local volunteer centre:
more resources and guidance
There are also useful resources and guidance available for charities and voluntary organisations from
If you have any other questions not answered here, then just get in touch and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.