The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be found on gov.uk
The Government has also put together new guidance on how the public can support others in their local community safely. This includes advice on: who is able help, what people can do and volunteering.
If you are able and want to volunteer in the response to Covid-19 we have put together a list of a range of ways you can:
Check in on friends/neighbours/family who may be more vulnerable
Stay in touch by phone or other digital media. Make sure they are able to keep in touch, and can access help if they need it.
NHS Volunteer Responders
Your NHS needs you! The NHS and The Royal Vountary Service have set up NHS Volunteer Responders which has already seen hundreds of thousands across the country sign up.
Protect your loved ones and protect the nation, volunteer to help those that are most vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) and need to stay at home. Join the army of NHS volunteers today.
*Update* The NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme has currently paused applications in order to process the thousands they have already received, Read more here.
George Eliot hospital
NHS Professionals Fast Track Process: George Eliot Hospital is working with NHS Professionals to support the rapid registration of any Healthcare Professional who wishes to support the Trust at this time.
Or, you can Volunteer at George Eliot Hospital.
*Update from Gorge Eliot Hospital: “We’ve received over 200 hundred volunteer applications and are making our way through them as fast as possible. So for the moment, we’ve closed our volunteer application process and hope to open it up again soon.”
Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA)
WCAVA are helping to co-ordinate the local response alongside Warwickshire County Council and other Leading Agencies
The need for blood never stops. The government have classed giving blood as ‘essential travel’ with extra safety measures put in place for the public and staff donating their time, blood and platelets.
There are various funds being set up for health workers’ wellbeing, and items being collected for ICU patients – see individual hospital websites for details.
All charities and hospices will be struggling at the moment without their income from charity shops, or with fundraising events being cancelled. Any donations will be gratefully received, now more than ever!