Volunteering opportunities (COVID-19)
Generosity can take many forms and using our time, gifts and talents is an important way of living out our faith and helping others. During the COVID-19 pandemic and social lockdown measures, many people have found they have more time on their hands and are looking to help out in any way that they can.
In this section we have listed some volunteering opportunities, which we will continue to update. Due to social distancing many of the opportunities will be virtual or online, except some of the NHS or direct support opportunities.
Supporting the NHS:
- Blood donations: There has been a recent decline in blood donations therefore if you are able, please consider signing up. Donations are considered essential travel and extra safety measures have been put in place for donors and staff. Sign up here.
- Become an NHS Volunteer Responder and support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks listed here.
- Boots Gateshead - Volunteer COVID-19 Testers: Working in a supervised and safe environment with appropriate PPE and training, you will work alongside trained staff to help roll-out the testing of NHS staff and other key workers. Click here for more information.
Centralised Volunteering Projects - Newcastle City Council:
- Newcastle City Council: Citylife Line Project is a new service that has been launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle who want to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service has been set up with partners in the voluntary and community sector for people wanting to volunteer their time while also providing a service for people to register their need for assistance. Click here for further information.
Opportunities from home:
- Independent Age are a charity looking for telephone befrienders. They want their volunteers to develop bonds of friendship with older people who’d like a bit more company. You can find out more or find out more here.
- Loving Hands: This charity brings together like-minded crafters to knit, crochet and sew for charities all over the world. Items vary from premature baby clothes to double bed size blankets, fiddle mats, toys etc. New members are always very welcome, though they ask people to hold off sending finished items until it’s safe to do so. Find out more here.
- Age UK – Call in Time is a free telephone friendship service for people 60 and over. You are matched up with a like-minded person who's keen to make a new friend, and every week they'll give you a call. Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly, 30-minute chat on the phone every week can make all the difference. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/befriending-services/sign-up-for-telephone-befriending/
- The Prince's Trust: The charity are looking for volunteers to mentor young people who are looking for work or starting their own business, empower mentees to take control of their learning and set goals, and offer feedback and encouragement. Sign up here.
- Be My Eyes: A free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colours, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings. You can download the app easily from your IOS or Android device. Find out more here.
- Age UK – Become a Digital Buddy https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/become-an-age-uk-digital-buddy/