Voluntary Norfolk: COVID-19 Response Volunteers

By Amelia Worley, Voluntary Norfolk

Volunteering during the pandemic

The Covid-19 Response Volunteer Service was set up by Norfolk County Council working with Voluntary Norfolk and Norfolk’s seven district councils during the initial lockdown in March 2020.

Today there are several hundred Covid Response Volunteers active across Norfolk responding to the needs of vulnerable and isolated people adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our volunteers help those unable to help themselves; they provide telephone friendship and support, report on door step welfare checks and collect and deliver prescription medications and food, as well as other activities to support people’s health and wellbeing.

As we face Winter 20/21 with a second wave upon us, the Covid-19 Response Volunteer Service is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst and is looking to recruit more volunteers, who may be needed in significant numbers possibly at short notice

For more information click the link below:

Volunteering during Lockdown 3

The Government guidance is that during a national lockdown, volunteering should be home-based wherever possible, but if it is necessary, volunteering activity is a ‘reasonable excuse’ for leaving home.  Some organisations and groups will continue to need volunteers during the lockdown, both to volunteer in person and from home, and others will continue to recruit volunteers to be ready to re-open services when they can.  Please check on the Volunteering Portal to see if roles you are interested in are currently live.   

Government guidance about volunteering during lockdown can be found by clicking here or please contact us at volunteercentre@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk if you have any questions