how to Volunteer safely in response to covid-19
Things are changing rapidly in the UK, and with nearly sixty years of experience in facilitating volunteering programmes we know it’s more important than ever to make sure you and your volunteers are able to Volunteer Safely.
Our Volunteer Safely campaign resources are available for you to download and view below. We also have resources shared on our social media accounts and on our Youtube channel. If you have a question about volunteering or need some advice during this time, get in touch with us at email@example.com.
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. The government have published detailed advice at gov.uk/safehelp
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will be in touch
Below are several resources on how to #VolunteerSafely, starting with some simple FAQs.
Frequently asked questions
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
Check out A quick guide to virtual fundraising – April 2020 created by our Income Generation team, which may help you during the pandemic.
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.