Volunteering in our communities

There are lots of ways for you to get involved in helping your community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS)

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) has launched a coordinated community volunteers programme for anyone interested in registering to formally volunteer during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service will work across North Somerset to address demand in health and social care roles and other statutory services.

VANS also have details of organisations and groups in North Somerset who are providing support to our communities.

You can register to volunteer on the VANS website, or you can call the VANS volunteer coordination team on 01934 416 486.

Local community aid groups

Lots of communities have set up their own groups to help local people when they need support. Let them know if you’d like to get involved.

NHS Volunteer Responders

The government has launched NHS Volunteer Responders to support the NHS during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Volunteers will support the 1.5m people in England who are at highest risk of becoming ill from coronavirus to stay well.

The volunteer responders will be called on to carry out simple but vital tasks like

  • delivering medicines from pharmacies
  • driving patients to appointments
  • bringing them home from hospital
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home

To find out more and volunteer, go to the NHS Volunteer Responders website.

Community emergency response volunteer training

We’ve been asked by Voluntary Action North Somerset to create a short online course to support informal volunteers who are helping our communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The course is a volunteer induction programme to ensure volunteers have knowledge that will protect them and those they are supporting.

The course includes:

  • safety awareness for COVID-19
  • keeping personal data safe and maintaining confidentiality
  • assessing hazard and risk safeguarding awareness
  • communication skills
  • code of conduct
  • boundaries of your volunteering role and signposting

The course will take you around two to three hours to complete. It can be broken up into manageable chunks and you’ll get a certificate of achievement when you’ve completed it.

The course is free for volunteers in North Somerset. You need to be at least 19-years-old to complete the course.

To enrol or for more information please email julie.evans@n-somerset.gov.uk or call 07795 39 0667.

How to help safely

The government has published advice and guidance on how people can stay safe when they’re helping family or friends who are in isolation.