I want to help
Your communities are strong and resilient and there are simple things you can do to help them continue to thrive:
- Check in on any family, friends and neighbours who may be feeling vulnerable at this time. Sometimes just helping them with their shopping and checking they have everything they need can make a big difference
- If you know someone who is self-isolating, contact them via phone and text and check that they’re ok. By its very nature, self-isolation is a solitary experience and their wellbeing will likely be improved by talking to someone
- Please be mindful with your comments and actions, so as not to cause undue concern or anxiety within your community. If you hear mis-information that may cause issues, respectfully challenge if you’re able to
- Please be respectful of anyone you know who has been diagnosed with or is symptomatic of COVID-19 as it’s likely to be an anxious time for them. Due to patient confidentiality their details will not be publicly confirmed, so please do what you can to respect and protect their privacy, and do not speculate with the local media or on social media.
- Public Health England has advised people who are self-isolating to do what they can to avoid visitors to their home and any deliveries of groceries, medications or other shopping to be left at the door so please ensure that when you are providing support this advice is followed.
Thank you Swindon for a phenomenal response – we are currently closing the registration form for new volunteers whilst we manage and match the 500+ who have already registered. If you want to volunteer and haven’t registered already through Compassionate Swindon there is now the opportunity to join the national NHS led ‘Volunteer Responder’ scheme who will be matching volunteers with the 1.5 million people who are specifically being asked to shield themselves due to underlying health conditions. Thank you for your compassion.
Sign up to the NHS led Volunteer Responder scheme here – https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
Thank you to all the volunteers who have already registered – we are all working hard behind the scenes to get things in place to get you started and to keep you safe. The next step will be a phone call to each of you from a member of the Live Well team next week to run through some key questions with you
Please note that depending on the nature of the volunteering you may need a current (within the last 2 years) DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check or will need to provide photo ID, proof of address and one referee we can telephone.
We ask for your email address, phone number, name and postcode and we will store this data specifically for the volunteer response to Coronavirus. You can indicate whether you would like us to store your email for ongoing communication purposes at the end of the form.
To help you with your volunteering we would recommend you watch the following collection of short animations created by North Tyneside VODA to support volunteering during the COVID-19 emergency.
If you are unable to support the campaign through volunteering please consider a donation to the Swindon & Wiltshire Response Fund which will see all funds raised given to help voluntary groups across the county deal with effects of the pandemic.