COVID-19 (Coronavirus) community response guidance for volunteers

General advice for volunteers

It is vital to remember that you must stay home to protect the NHS and save lives, except for very limited purposes. While you can still provide care or help to a vulnerable person, you must avoid all non-essential contact.

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

If you or someone in your household has shown symptoms, or if you are more vulnerable to coronavirus yourself, then you must stay home.

Volunteering that requires going out of the house is now only permitted in certain circumstances. If you are well and are not at risk from coronavirus you can undertake essential activities including:

  • Delivering food
  • Helping people with their medical needs, such as picking up prescriptions
  • Providing essential care or to help a vulnerable person or person(s), including through essential public and voluntary services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.

If you are providing care or to help a vulnerable person, you should still be following social distancing rules where possible.

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