What can be done to support the National Effort through COVID-19?
As a social business Social Value Portal is keen to demonstrate how we can play our part to support communities work through COVID-19. Our mission is to engage, enable, empower people and organisations to work together in the pursuit of social, economic and environmental wellbeing. We want to ensure our work doesn’t stop, especially during this time when communities most need support.
Alongside the release of the National TOMs COVID-19 Plugin, we are providing a resource bank where you can find opportunities for individuals and organisations to offer support where they can. We will work to constantly update this list as new opportunities become available, and we encourage you to share the list, contact us if you require, or know of opportunities that are not listed.
How to support our Health and Social Care Services
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks listed. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’, and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.
Royal Voluntary Service
NHS Volunteer Responders is a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who are self-isolating because of specific health conditions. They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) are able to stay safe and well at home.
NHS Volunteer Responders will support with simple but vital tasks including driving people to and from hospital, delivering food and medication, and telephone befriending. Volunteers will also support the NHS to transport equipment and supplies.
National Care Force
The National Care Force is a nationwide network of care providers, healthcare workers and volunteers, ready to support our social care services in looking after the most vulnerable members of society
COVID-19 Mutual Aid
COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
Volunteering Opportunities closer to home
Links to local Volunteering opportunities near you
City Harvest, a surplus food redistribution charity, is currently working overtime to deliver food to our charity partners across London and we desperately need food, funding and volunteer support. They serve thousands of vulnerable Londoners, and since the outbreak of COVID-19 they have seen the need for our services skyrocket.
GoodGym can provide deliveries for vulnerable people and basic tasks for hospital discharge. Partner organisations can request help from DBS checked volunteers.
How to support getting food to those who need it
FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups.
The Felix Project
The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold. They deliver this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.
Bankuet provides an easy way for individuals and organisations to donate food to be distributed to Foodbanks across the UK
OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have closed all over the world, meaning millions of children have lost access to free school meals. These schools might be closed, but school lunches must go on. You can support Olio by preparing meals for the most vulnerable.