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How to volunteer safely while indoors

During this unusual time, there has been an overwhelming response from volunteers all over the world, and we know that King’s students will be contributing to these efforts both locally and further afield.  If you have any questions about volunteering, KCLSU are still working to support you however we can, and you can get in touch at volunteering@kclsu.org

 

Keeping Yourself Safe

Your biggest priority when volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic should be staying safe, as the single most important action we can all take in fighting the virus and stopping the spread is to practice social distancing.

Volunteering that involves leaving the house is only permitted in certain circumstances, and you should read the Government Guidelines carefully before doing so.  Here are some tips for keeping safe when helping others:

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • You should stay 2m or six feet away from anyone you do not live with at all times. Do not share a car journey with them.
  • Limit the time you spend out of the house as much as possible.  If you are collecting items for other people, then do this at the same time you collect your own.
  • Do not go inside somebody’s house other than your own, especially vulnerable people or people who are isolating because they believe they may be infected.
  • Do not take on any task that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, for example helping late at night.
  • Support your friends and family by phone or video call, you could post your contact details to check on vulnerable neighbours.

Government advice is changing regularly, so keep up to date by checking the UK Gov website.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

Unlike other opportunities on our website, these organisations are not registered with KCLSU, and have not agreed to our service standards.  Please take extra care when considering what roles to sign up for, and always follow the instructions of your volunteer manager closely.

You can search for local volunteering opportunities that are in response to Covid-19 using these websites:

 

 

Ways to Help from Home

  • NHS Check in and Chat – Sign up as a Volunteer Responder with the NHS, and you can volunteer remotely with their Check in and Chat role.
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  • Age UK or Octavia Foundation Telephone Befriending. Help to tackle social isolation by signing up for a weekly call with a vulnerable or older person.
  • Make a card to post to a sick child in Hospital though Post Pals Charity.  This opportunity is available all year round, so you can stay in touch or send a one-off card to brighten their day.
  • Donate food or supplies to your local food bank, don’t forget to check online what supplies they are in need of the most.  Search for a drop-off point across the UK at the Trussell Trust or more food banks in London through Peabody.
  • Spread positive messages from your home by making a sign to hang in your window. You could thank NHS workers, or let your neighbours know that we’re all fighting Coronavirus together.
  • Put a cuddly toy in your window, young children have been ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ as a fun activity on their walks around the neighbourhood.
  • Order deliveries online for older relatives who may not know how.
  • Post books, magazines or puzzles to those who may feel socially isolated.  You could even post materials to support a hobby such as adult colouring books, jigsaws, wool for knitting or art materials.  Make sure to leave any deliveries on the doorstep or safe place to avoid close physical contact.

 

Thank you to everybody who has supported the community both locally and globally during this difficult time. Please remember to follow Government Guidelines and always ensure that you put your personal safety first when volunteering to help others.

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