Volunteering During Covid-19

How can I help?

Volunteering for established groups

If you are considering volunteering please refer to the Unity website for a list of already active groups, to see if there are any existing groups in your area. If there are we would encourage you to speak to them first to see whether your efforts would be best used supporting them.

You should only provide physical/in-person support to people who are in isolation, self-shielding or unable to access vital services themselves.

Also before considering this type of volunteering, you should make sure:

  • You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and nobody in your household does

  • You are under 70

  • You are not pregnant

  • You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus.

You should not go inside the homes of anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable people or people who believe they may be infected and are isolating themselves. Breaking these rules could put you at risk of infection, or risk spreading it to others.

If you are picking things up for others, try to limit the amount of time you spend outside of your home by picking up essential items for them when you do your own shopping or collect their medicines during the same trip.

You should stay 2 metres or six feet away from anyone you do not live with at all times. Do not share a car journey with people outside of your own household.

You should also regularly wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

If you have offered to help other people, please do not place yourself in positions where you may feel unsafe, for instance helping late at night.