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Temporary pause in recruitment to NHS Volunteer Responders

To process the initial 750,000 applications.

NHS Volunteer Responders will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay safe and well at home.

Who can join?

You can only volunteer to carry out those tasks which involve leaving your home if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:

You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anybody in your household

You are under 70

You are not pregnant

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

What are the tasks?

Simple but vital tasks including

Driving people to and from hospital,

Delivering food and medication.

Transporting equipment and supplies,

Making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

I need to stay at home – can I still help?

You can sign up as a telephone ‘check in and chat’ volunteer even if you are staying at home

Is this different from helping out my neighbours and local charities?

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace any local provision. It will provide a service where informal support is not available or where health and social care professionals do not have a way to refer people into those systems.