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3rd April 2020

Your NHS Needs You! Volunteers Wanted in Vital Struggle Against Covid-19

There has never been a time since the Second World War where our country has needed to rally the troops and engage in warfare against enemy lines.

Whilst our many hundreds of thousands of heroic NHS soldiers are fighting on bravely through the viral tirade that comes their way, it is our responsibility to join them and come together to support one another so that we can emerge victorious against this disease!

About the Volunteering Initiative

The NHS Volunteer Responders initiative has been established so that support can be given to the NHS and the Care Sector in this time of medical demand.

Our beloved health service is struggling to cope under the pressure of Covid-19 and the wounds it has inflicted upon many of our fellow students, friends and family up and down the country. There are currently 1.5 million people in the UK who are most at risk from the virus and these people need your help!

This programme enables people to provide care and assistance to vulnerable members of society taking on different tasks in order to support frontline workers in this time of need.

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This is what you can do

Reinforcements are needed in order to take up a variety of volunteering opportunities. These include – collecting and delivering vital supplies to those self-isolating, transporting patients home from hospital and equipment between services as well as communicating with individuals at risk of loneliness.

More information on the nature of these roles can be found on https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS.

In order to enlist yourself for this selfless and good-spirited endeavour, you must meet the criteria.

This states … that you are well and have no symptoms – such as a cough or high temperature, you are under 70 years old, you are not pregnant, and that you do not have any long-term underlying health conditions which could make you vulnerable to the virus.

“In these extraordinary times, it’s essential that we all pull together as part of the national effort to protect the most vulnerable, reduce pressures on our NHS and care system and save lives.”

“If you are well and able to do so safely, I would urge you to sign up today to help the most vulnerable people in our communities as an NHS Volunteer Responder.”

“Your help has the potential to make a real difference to some of those most affected by this outbreak – from delivering essential prescriptions to calling to check on the wellbeing of those self-isolating.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Sign up today

In order to get involved you can find more information on the Royal Voluntary Service website or alternatively via the NHS website which can be found here.

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