Volunteering and staying safe in a time of Covid19

Thursday 02-04-2020 - 14:52
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For the past few months we’ve all had to adapt our routines and lifestyles due to Covid19. We are going through something unprecedented and learning how to navigate this new reality, including how to work and volunteer from home.

 

The UK Student Volunteering Network has been working hard to continue to share information between all our members regarding what HEI and FEI are doing across the country, but also how we can support our students in getting involved in volunteering opportunities in response to Covid19 or any volunteering they might be able to do from home.

 

Our main priority is everyone’s safety and we have been sure to continue to share information regarding how to stay safe when volunteering and in general.

 

In this article we want to share some options to volunteer from home, mainly online.

 

 

Language Buddy: run online languages groups to help breaking the isolation barrier > SPEAK Social

www.speak.social

 

Research Volunteers > Zooniverse

www.Zooniverse.org

 

LibriVox volunteers: read and record chapters of books in the public domain > LibriVox

www.librivox.org

 

Online mentor for school children > Brightside

https://brightside.org.uk/volunteering/

 

Various roles > UN Volunteers 

https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en

 

Transcribing online > Boston Public Library

https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org/

 

Transcribing online  > Imperial War Museum

https://www.iwm.org.uk/volunteer/hours

 

Mapping paths and routes for humanitarian organisations  > Missing Maps

https://www.missingmaps.org/

 

FreeRice game players: play FreeRice and support the World Food Programme (WFP) work saving and changing lives around the world.

https://freerice.com/

 

Work together to improve future generations of language technology > Phrase Detectives

http://anawiki.essex.ac.uk/phrasedetectives/index.php

 

Tagging wild animal sightings for conservation efforts > ZSL

https://instantwild.zsl.org/intro

 

Translating online > Translators without Borders

https://translatorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/

 

Providing visual assistance over video call > Be My Eyes

https://www.bemyeyes.com/

 

 

 

 

Volunteering Opportunities in response to Coronavirus

 

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this the NHS needs an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. 

The main roles available are transport volunteers, for those who have their own cars, check in and chat volunteers for people who many be self-isolating, and community support volunteers. 

The NHS have a range of opportunities available and you can help by signing up
 online

 

 

 

Find your local volunteer group, wherever you are in the UK

https://volunteercoronavirus.com/

 

 

Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK: Generalised roles in your local communities

https://covidmutualaid.org/

 

 

The Felix Project: Roles for volunteer drivers, food collectors, support with sorting food

https://thefelixproject.org/help-us/volunteer-london

 

FareShare: Sorting food in warehouse, delivering food boxes

https://fareshare.org.uk/news-media/press-releases/fareshare-calls-for-more-food-funding-and-volunteers-to-support-vulnerable-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/

 

Octavia Foundation: Telephone befriending service

https://www.octaviafoundation.org.uk/volunteer/apply_now

 

Age UK: Emergency appeal for food essentials and time (volunteers for food parcels project)

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/get-involved/coronavirus-appeal/

 

City Harvest: Warehouse volunteers and donations 

https://timecounts.org/city-harvest

 

British Red Cross: Reserve volunteers, helping to get communities back on track

https://reserves.redcross.org.uk/

 

Chefs in Schools: Chefs, schools, donations and local volunteers to deliver meals to kids who would be getting free school meals

https://www.chefsinschools.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Guidance from us  

If you are volunteering on or off campus, particularly with individuals who are self-isolating, we recommend you follow the guidance issued by the NCVO:

Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call

  • Let family and friends know what you are doing and where you are going
  • Stay at least two metres or about three steps away from people you’re helping
  • Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes
  • Keep washing your hands, often, for 20 seconds
  • Don’t take on too much as it’s often better not to offer at all than to let someone down
  • If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues then don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services
  • If you are yourself a vulnerable individual, please take care and only engage in volunteering opportunities where you and the people around you are safe. 

 

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