Coronavirus: Volunteer Army ready to help
When the government put out their plea for volunteers, the target was 250,000. Within 4 days of launching the appeal, the Royal Voluntary Service received 750,000 offers of help.
Applications verified and checks completed; this army of volunteers is now ready to help in the fight against coronavirus.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:
“I want to thank every single person who signed up to be a NHS Volunteer Responder – their incredible generosity means we can now start helping those most in need across our communities and, in turn, support our heroic NHS staff and social care staff as they continue their outstanding work.”
What will the volunteers do?
They will help by supporting the most vulnerable and at-risk people in their local community with tasks such as:
- Collecting and delivering medicines from pharmacies
- Bringing patients home from hospital
- Bringing shopping to those in need of supplies
- Transporting medical supplies and equipment between NHS sites
- Offering a friendly voice at the end of a phone
Requests for help will come via health professionals, pharmacists and the local authority. The request will then be matched with a local, available, volunteer, through the GoodSAM app. Referrers will be able to track each request they have submitted to ensure people get the help they need.