Healthwatch Sandwell support for Volunteering
Staff at Healthwatch Sandwell are a recognised signposting organisation for the NHS Volunteers Responders Scheme and are being actively encouraged to support our local community by offering their time to volunteer during the Covid-19 crisis.
We recognise that we cannot do all the functions we usually deliver so we are now looking at how we can support our local communities in a coordinated
approach through volunteering. All staff will be able to volunteer their time, during usual working hours, to support the response to the Coronavirus through these
four main channels; either supporting the local authority volunteering efforts, local Community and Voluntary Sector Councils who are co-ordinating service responses in many areas, the NHS volunteer service, or Covid-mutual aid.
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NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS
Recruitment to this scheme was temporarily paused on 29 March 2020 to process the initial 750,000 applications. Further information will follow.
The platform is now taking referrals from Health and local government professionals. These are:
– GPs / social prescribing link workers / practice nurses concerned about an at risk or vulnerable individual they have advised to self-isolate
– Hospital discharge teams
– Community pharmacists
– NHS 111 and ambulance trusts
– Community health trusts that need volunteer support for patients leaving hospital
– Local authorities
Coronavirus – donate or volunteer to help Sandwell residents
We are undertaking a huge operation to make sure the most vulnerable people in Sandwell have access to what they need during the Covid-19 pandemic.We have already received lots of kind offers of help, but we need more.
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SCVO provides a range of support to local voluntary groups and community organisations wishing to involve residents through voluntary activity. This support aims to help local organisations improve their ability to attract and recruit new volunteers, and to ensure that volunteers have a safe, productive and beneficial experience.
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