If you are interested in helping local voluntary organisations that are supporting vulnerable people during this challenging time please see below some external opportunities that we are aware of that are currently looking for volunteers.
Please bear in mind that these external organisations or groups have not been vetted by Warwick Volunteers so we advise you to use your own judgement when selecting potential opportunities. Please also read our guidance about volunteering for external organisation/groups at this time.
We are keen to hear good news stories from students who are making a difference locally to be able to share with the wider community. Please tag us on social media @warwickvolunteers (Facebook/Instagram) @warwickvol (Twitter) and also let us know if you are aware of other local community groups needing volunteers to support vulnerable people during the pandemic.
You can also read more about what staff and students are doing to assist in response to the pandemic here.
Warwickshire County Council have put together some information for people looking to volunteer across the county. They've compiled a list of existing community-led activity that you can join. Have a look here.
Local organising to support the most vulnerable in our communities. Find your local mutual aid group (for volunteering or for support for yourself) https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
Good Neighbours Coventry
Good Neighbours Coventry was founded in 2016 to provide friendship and social activity for over 50s in Coventry. They are looking for volunteers to help provide support to isolated over 50s in CV1-CV6. They also temporarily need volunteers to provide befriending and home shopping to disabled/self-isolating isolated adults aged 18-49 in CV1-CV6.
- Telephone befriending
- Pen pal befriending
- Grocery shopping delivery
- Delivering Foodbank parcels for older people with no income
- Medication delivery (only if pharmacy will not deliver)
To volunteer (especially if you drive and are available daytime Mon-Fri), please visit tinyurl.com/gncovid19 .
More Info available here: https://hopecoventry.org.uk/projects/good-neighbours-coventry/
Education Saves Lives
Education Saves Lives is a charity that creates simple, interactive lessons about health and other topics to help people around the world live more safely. They have created some online material about Coronovirus and need volunteers to help translate it into various languages and also to help with the online distribution.
How you can help:
1. Who do you know who can use this lesson? Friends, family, organisations connected with your place of worship, rotary clubs, schools? Keep following our page for updates as more lessons are released, and share/email your contacts to let them know.
2. Can you translate or record? We're particularly looking for languages of the Indian subcontinent, of West Africa and of Eastern/Southern Africa.
Download an information pack with more information
This is an external opportunity
Care Companion is an online support platform for people with caring responsibilities developed by Warwick Medical School. It provides a unique, personalised experience for carers who are seeking additional help, advice and support.
Care Companion has developed some new Covid-19 support features for carers within the community with new social media support channels and are in need of volunteers who can volunteer from home to gather information and contact organisations to promote the Covid-19 support resources that our available for people who have caring responsibilities.
If you can help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about Care Companion can be found here
Letters For The NHS
Letters For The NHS was set up by a Warwick student to connect willing letter-writing volunteers with a little time to spare with key workers who deserve some extra praise/attention.
Letters for Care Homes
Letters for Care Homes involves writing to isolated residents in care homes - volunteers can upload their letters and they ensure that as many elderly residents as possible receive these letters.
For more details and to sign up as a volunteer visit https://www.thecrisisproject.com/
Community hubs have set up in all towns and cities as part of the shielding plan to provide support for those who need to isolate. These are being championed and driven by local councils who are leading work to co-ordinate and develop work that is happening in the local community to help neighbourhoods during the coronavirus outbreak. More information about how you can get involved:
LWS Night Shelter supports homeless and vulnerably-housed members of the community in Leamington Spa and the wider area. They are currently operating as a Soup Kitchen only and are still very keen to involve student volunteers (existing and new) during this time. The shifts they currently have available each week are as follows:
Friday Night, Saturday Night and Sunday Night:
Catering (4:30pm – 8:30pm) – volunteers needed to prepare food
Evening (5:30pm – 9pm) – volunteers needed to serve food to guests from our outdoor area
Delivery (6:15pm – 7pm) – volunteer with car needed to drive food from the Priors Club to 2 locations in Warwick
Meal Prep (10am – 12:30pm) – volunteers needed to prepare food and serve food to guests
Delivery (10:45am – 11:30am) – volunteer with car needed to drive food from the Priors Club to 2 locations in Warwick
If you can help please contact Georgia Sharp, Volunteer Co-Ordinator at email@example.com or for more information visit
NHS Volunteer Responders have been set up to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus (COVID-19), and to support the NHS and care services.
Volunteers are needed across England for various roles. For example Steward Volunteers are needed to support COVID-19 vaccinations and to help guide people at COVID-19 vaccination sites and supporting the NHS with non-clinical tasks such as signposting people around a health site or helping them check in.
For more information and to register your interest visit: https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer/volunteer-roles
Warwickshire CAVA are working alongside local mutual aid groups to refer volunteers who are happy to run errands such as prescription collection and grocery shopping for people needing to isolate. If you're willing to be asked to help, click here to register.
St John Ambulance is looking for volunteers to support the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme. Volunteers will be part of a team that helps people throughout the whole vaccination process, from arrival to discharge. This might mean providing support to vaccinators, caring for people before and after they receive the injection, or even administering the COVID-19 vaccine, after all the necessary training.
St John Ambulance is providing full training and asks that volunteers commit to at least two eight hour shifts per month
Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 154 411