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If you are an organisation looking for some volunteers to help you out through this pandemic, but you need governence in place: these resources will help you to hit the ground running. We would like to say thank you for all your hard work in supporting our local community, you are amazing. There are a lot of wonderful people helping out during this time of need, and our top priority is to keep everyone safe and enable you to keep those around you safe and healthy too. 

 

Covid-19 Volunteer Handbook
Our pared down Volunteer Handbook is fairly generic but can be used by volunteers to support eachother in roles such as shopping, collecting prescriptions, gardening, telephone befriending and more.  Download the Handbook here 
We have also produced a short animation on volunteering for organisations, which can be viewed here.

 

Covid-19 Volunteer Risk Assessment
Different charities and groups are involving volunteers during Covid-19. This is a great community response, however sometimes there are concerns about the different risks involved. Here is an example of a Volunteer Risk Assessment that gives groups an idea about the potential risks volunteers may be involved with during Covid-19. Organisations can download this and adapt it to suit your own organisational needs Click here to download

 

New Disclosure and Service Barring (DBS) Checks Information 
On 19 March 2020, the DBS updated how they are currently accepting new DBS checks. This is to make the process easier, as volunteers now do not have to physically meet Volunteer Managers with proof of ID & Documentation. They can do this via Video Online and scanning documents. See full details here

If you need a DBS check, we can carry that out for you, please contact Sian: sian.avery@communitybarnet.org.uk (link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail)
or call 020 8364 8400 (office hours) and we will take you through the process. 

 

Safeguarding 
Everyone has the right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect. Watch our Safeguarding video to help you understand the role you play in safeguarding others here on our YouTube Channel

 

Online Volunteer Training
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH)
This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus. This may be useful to share with your volunteers (formal or informal groups) and can be found here

 

 

We would like to say thank you for all your hard work in supporting our local community, you are amazing. There are a lot of wonderful people helping out during this time of need, and our top priority is to keep everyone safe and enable you to keep those around you safe and healthy too. 

 

Covid-19 Volunteer Handbook
Our pared down Volunteer Handbook is fairly generic but can be used by volunteers to support eachother in roles such as shopping, collecting prescriptions, gardening, telephone befriending and more.  Download the Handbook here 

 

Informal Groups working with volunteers
CommUNITY Barnet has produced some basic Volunteer Guidelines that you can use to share with volunteers who may be helping neighbours informally, or through community-organised groups. There are many Facebook groups being set up across Barnet for grassroots neighbour support, so we hope these Volunteer Guidelines will be useful. Please feel free to use and share them as needed. 
Please download the Volunteer Guidelines here 
You can also watch our animination on Tips for Staying Safe While Volunteering here 
Watch our Telephone Befriending Top Tips here

 

Mutual Support Covid-19 Resources and Volunteer Information
Some useful national resources and information has been produced for Informal Groups of Volunteers. Check out the information here

 

Safeguarding 
Everyone has the right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect. Watch our Safeguarding video to help you understand the role you play in safeguarding others here on our YouTube Channel

 

Online Volunteer Training
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH)
This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus. This may be useful to share with your volunteers (formal or informal groups) and can be found here

 

CommUNITY Barnet Basic guidelines to protect volunteers
It’s fantastic to see volunteers offering to help, but volunteers also need to protect themselves during Covid 19.

Please remember:

  • Before volunteering wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Take sanitiser gel with you, and use when appropriate and/or when you don’t have access to soap and water washing facilities.

  • Always wash your hands when you get home from volunteering.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, and put used tissues in the nearest bin immediately - then wash your hands.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

When helping neighbours please only offer to help for the tasks you feel comfortable doing and are able to do. Volunteers helping local neighbours need to make sure that if they become unwell themselves they MUST not volunteer. Volunteers need to protect themselves and not put other people at risk.

 

If you can't physically volunteer, there are still some things that you could get involved with:

  • Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: People in every community will face the challenges of Covid-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.

  • Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.

  • Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of your local community conversations using platforms like Nextdoor.

  • Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk, and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local phone support services or donating to food banks to help.

  • Share accurate information and advice: Support anyone who may be anxious about Covid-19. Sign post them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

 

Lastly, thank you all again for being so amazing. 

The CommUNITY Barnet Team

English

Hello,

 

Firstly, thank you for being part of the volunteering effort for Barnet, you are amazing.

The Government has issued guidelines advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. Please could you look at this link and ensure that you are still able to volunteer as our main priority is to keep you and those around you safe and well. The guideline can be found here

 

Next, we have some questions for you that would help us determine how best to use your skills and availability for volunteering.

 

1)  What area/location you would like to volunteer in?

 

2)   Any area of expertise you have that you would like to or could use? 

 

3)  Do you have a current DBS. If so, is it enhanced or individual?

      If no, will you undergo a DBS check? 

 

4) Do you drive and have a valid driving license? 

 

5) Have you read through the Government's guidelines and you can confirm, you are not in an at risk group?

 

6) Please confirm that you are happy for us to share your contact information with people who have asked for help.

 

If you are good to go and still want to volunteer, let's get the process started by respondng to these questions via email, and we will be in touch with getting your DBS completed.

 

We will also send you the links to the short animations on volunteering and safeguarding to get you started. 

 

Kind regards

 

Helen, Sarah, Stephanie and Sian

Name of Organisation: 
CommUNITY Barnet
Address: 
Barnet Huse, 1st Floor 1255 High Rd Whetstone
Postcode: 
N20 0EJ
Telephone Number: 
02083648400
Email Address: 
info@communitybarnet.org.uk

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