Due the Coronavirus pandemic you may be staying at home a lot more however there are plenty of volunteering opportunities you can take part in from the comfort of your own home.
We have pulled together a selection of different 'at home' opportunities from providing telephone support to individuals at risk of loneliness as a result of self-isolation to lending your eyes to help blind and low-vision people to solve tasks big and small.
Please bear in mind that these are all external opportunities and we advise volunteers to use their own judgement when selecting potential opportunities, and to check all details concerning prospective volunteering activity with the organisation involved.
Check in and Chat Volunteers
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this they need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well.
They are looking for 'Check in and Chat Volunteers' to provide short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.
Many people understandably are feeling anxious and concerned as a result of the pandemic. Carers feel this most of all as they are looking after some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Carers Trust are looking for volunteers who will make check-in calls to Carers and see how they are getting on. If Carers indicate that they would like further support, volunteers can then make referrals to Carers Trust Heart of England’s Befriending Service for ongoing phone calls.
Volunteers will be helping to meet the social needs of individual carers by checking on them and making sure that they feel supported during this time and providing a friendly chat over the phone. They will need to report all concerns to the volunteer co-ordinator.
We are looking for volunteers who will “buddy up” with a carer, offering a friendly voice and listening ear during these difficult times and help to reduce their feelings of loneliness and isolation.
The role involves meeting the social needs of individual carers by buddying up and reducing loneliness, providing a friendly chat over the phone and reporting any concerns to the volunteer co-ordinator.
Young Carers Support Volunteer
Supporting the staff of the Young Carers Service with activities, events, outings and life skill sessions. All of the activities are currently taking place virtually over Zoom, Discord, WhatsApp etc. We require volunteers who are passionate in supporting young people to reach their full potential. We are looking for fun, enthusiastic, and vibrant volunteers to assist with age-appropriate activities and sessions.
A treasurer is required to provide general financial oversight to ensure that tasks such as record keeping, the following of procedures, and reports, accounts, and audits are being completed efficiently and in accordance with the law. The role can be carried out virtually, with the view to face-to-face meetings resuming when the crisis subsides. It would be beneficial for volunteers to have experience and knowledge of Business/Finance and be studying a relevant subject.
If you are interested in any of these roles please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 024 7663 2972 (Option 1) For more information visit: www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk
This is an external opportunity
Covid-19 Mutual Aid Support
Local Facebook groups have been set up to support the most vulnerable in our communities as a result of Covid-19. Many of these groups have specific roles that can be done from home. These include tasks such as Facebook group moderation; support co-ordination and 'dispatch' etc.
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
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 email@example.com
More information about Care Companion can be found here
Bliss is a UK charity that works to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life.
They are looking for volunteers to knit clothing, blankets and toys for premature babies. They have a selection of downloadable knitting patterns to enable you to get started. Check with your local neonatal unit about what items they need.
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/
Action Tutoring are looking for volunteers to support disadvantaged primary and secondary school pupils with online English and Maths tutoring to help them reach their potential.
You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term; either before, during or after the school day. Sessions will take place online at the same time each week.
ILEAP is a charity that delivers Community based leisure activities for people with additional needs in South Warwickshire. They have been unable to run physical events but have instead been running interactive online (Zoom) sessions, such as quizzes, cookery, art and story telling and these have proved very popular indeed.
They are looking for volunteers to assist of staff members within the given online session, to engage with members, encourage conversation and add diversity to the range of activities on offer.
If you can help contact Natalie on 07956 344589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.
Post Pals is a charity which invites members of the public to send cards, letters or little gifts, to seriously ill children and their siblings to make them smile and feel less isolated.
To get involved you can:
1) Visit the Postpals site, Click on ‘Find Pals’, select a child and read their page
2) Send a cheerful card, letter, email, or little gift to the child via address on their page
3) Sit back and know that a child’s day will be brightened because of YOU
Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work, bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world. By identifying the animals in each image, you are contributing to conservation and making a positive impact on the future for wildlife.
Tag the animals to help conservation research. What rare species will you find?
Imperial War Museums
Help the Imperial War Museum with transcribing / verifying records, stories, film or war diaries or crowdsourcing data.
Translators without Borders
Translators without Borders (TWB) is a non-profit organization offering language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, and other non-profit organizations on a global scale.
They are looking for:
You can volunteer with TWB if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences. Professional translators are especially encouraged to apply. Find out more
From time to time they also have other roles such as project manager, graphic or web page designers and fundraising are also very valuable to them. You find out about other volunteer projects here
United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organisations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organisations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.