During the COVID 19 pandemic, our local community, charities and organisations need the support of volunteers. We will be updating this page with opportunitites that can be done from the comfort of your own home. You can give as much or as little time as you want. It is important that you are following Government guidelines and staying safe.
Virtual volunteering also has many benefits beyond the pandemic. If you normally don't have time to volunteer or are looking for something worthwhile to do whilst building transferable skills such as data analysis, helping others, or verbal and written communication skills then virtual volunteering is definitely one for you!
Please make sure that you understand any terms and conditions if you are asked to sign up.
Also don't forget to log any volunteering hours you did in here and you can download a record of your hours and skills at any time.
Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the social care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support vulnerable people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses, those working in local authorities and other professionals, will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
Community Response Volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home. A DBS is not required for this role.
Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.
NHS Transport volunteer:This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery. A DBS is not required for this role.
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service.
Help support young people by offering empathy, information and support on our online forums around a wide range of issues. If you’re enthusiastic about online communities and have two hours free a week, this could be the opportunity for you! Our volunteer community helps young people in the UK all year round. As a Discussion Boards Moderator your weekly shifts can be flexible and fit around your other commitments.
Age UK: Spanish Teacher
Can you speak Spanish? Come and volunteer for Age UK as a Spanish Tutor teaching the language to a group of 10-15 elderly people in a social setting. You’ll feel great making a difference to your local charity that helps support older people by providing a range of services. If you require more information or want to apply, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Antony Foster on 0116 2220561.
United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers programme offers countless of online volunteering opportunities across the world. Like the rest of the UN’s efforts, this programme strives to boost sustainable human development. Finding an opportunity that fits your interests on the UNV website is simple. Start by selecting a sector you’d like to work in, such as translation or teaching, and then navigate through the various opportunities that come up to find something that suits you.
Language Buddy: run online languages groups to help breaking the isolation barrier. Language groups are led by buddies from all over the world. They are fluent in the language you want to learn and will help you sound just like a local.
LibriVox volunteers: read and record chapters of books in the public domain. At LibriVox, volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain into digital audio (eg. mp3), and then make the audio files available to the world, for free (through our catalog, a podcast, and in a variety of other formats at Archive.org)
Online Mentors: Support someone less experience than you by sharing your own experience, helping with skills development, providing info and a listening ear. Mentors come from a range of backgrounds across sectors and universities but they all have a common passion for improving young people's lives. All our mentoring projects take place using our bespoke platform.
To give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Leaders in Girlguidnig are ultimately responsible for the Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger unit they work with – although of course they don’t have to do everything themself! Our Unit Leaders usually work with other volunteers to deliver a high-quality programme to the girls and young women in the unit, ensure the safety of the unit members and oversee the administration of the unit. All units have at least one unit leader, who is generally supported by a Leadership Team that can include other unit leaders, assistant leaders, young leaders and unit helpers. Unit leaders take part in learning and development opportunities both ‘on the job’ and through formal and informal training sessions.
More details are available at: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/register-...
The Prince's Trust has an active online community of volunteers who use a flexible online platform to mentor young people and help them to get ahead in life. They are looking for online volunteers to support a young person online who is looking for work or starting their own business, to empower mentees to take control of their learning and set their own goals. You will need to be flexible in terms of the time you can provide, but will need to talk with your mentee on a weekly basis, offering vital feedback and encouragement. You will get the necessary training to prepare you to take on a mentee, and an opportunity to make a real difference to a young person. For full details, click here
There are lots of ways you can support our lifesaving research. From telling us your thoughts on our work, to online campaigning from your own home. Make volunteering work for you and help us to beat cancer. Click here to head over to the site.