Coronavirus – Community Response to Covid-19

National Response

The NHS Responders Scheme was set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the Covid-19 outbreak, by providing an army of volunteers ready to help those in need. Nationally there has been a phenomenal response, with over 750,000 people signing up to volunteer.

Our Social Prescribing Team have been making use of the scheme and the generous support offered by the volunteers to get help for people in the local community.

It is also possible to self-refer to the scheme if certain criteria is met.

There are four different volunteer roles:

Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.

NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

Local Response

There has been an incredible local response to help others during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cheshire East Council have set up a support service called People Helping People. If you would like to offer support or need help with any of the following activities, then please call 0300 123 5034 or click here to register online:

  • Shopping / gathering medical supplies
  • Meal Delivery
  • Advice and Guidance
  • A friendly phone call

To find out more about the scheme and other ways to help locally, please click here.

We recently asked for volunteers to help at Waters Green, directing traffic in the car park as part of the new zoning requirements at Waters Green. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered and everyone who is helping out, it is really appreciated.

If you are interested in volunteering, there are currently opportunities with Cheshire East’s People Helping People, and also various roles offered through the Cheshire East Community and Voluntary Service.