Norfolk chance to volunteer to help fight coronavirus
To help tackle the coronavirus crisis, the Government, the NHS and local councils across Norfolk have issued a plea for people to support vital services and vulnerable people by volunteering for a variety of roles.
The NHS is looking to recruit:
Community Response volunteers
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 volunteers
This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring they are settled safely back into their home.
NHS Transport volunteers
This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites.
Check in and Chat volunteers
This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a result of self-isolation.
You can sign up as a volunteer through the website:
Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no coronavirus symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone. Patient transport driver volunteers will also require an enhanced DBS check.
On Sunday, the Government announced it would be stepping in to directly support about 1.4 million people identified as vulnerable across the country. But public services in Norfolk are aware the list will not identify everyone in their communities who need support.
Broadland and South Norfolk Council managing director Trevor Holden is coordinating a response to meet additional needs.
“Today we will start to send a letter to every house in the county,” he said, “asking people to contact us if they are vulnerable or need our support either now or in the coming weeks.”
In addition to the NHS call for volunteers, local councils in Norfolk are seeking people who have the skills to volunteer in health and social care roles, which have been identified as priority areas.
This response is being co-ordinated separately by Voluntary Norfolk through its website here:
Local councils are also seeking support from businesses. “If you are a business and can help with services, vehicles or other resources,” said Mr Holden, “we would love to hear from you, as together we really can and will make a difference.”
Businesses who are able to offer support should email: