Local, nationwide and official volunteering initiatives.
How you can help, ideas include:
- Help with shopping
- Delivering medicines
- Telephone calls to the lonely or vulnerable or anyone needing a chat.
East Finchley has its own Covid 19 Volunteer Response Group, with about 300+ volunteers ready to help people in need. They are aiming to assist with shopping, picking up prescriptions from pharmacies, dog walking, donations of food and phone or video calls to people who are lonely.
See the various groups you can join for local volunteer opportunities on the page – ‘Help & Assistance’ page.
Age UK Barnet
Based in East Finchley, AgeUK Barnet offers services and support for older people and also coordinates volunteers to help people in need.
Age UK Barnet is working to help all older people who are in need. They aim to help with delivering cooked meals, admin tasks such as setting up prescriptions that can be delivered to the door, fitting light bulbs, regular chats over the phone to beat isolation, and activity packs including magazines, puzzle books and craft supplies.
Get in touch if you or anyone you know is self-isolating and might need some help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8203 5040 or look at the their website to get help, or to offer your services as a volunteer:
Government Volunteering schemes
NHS Volunteer Responders?
NHS Volunteer Responders is a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying 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.
Recruitment to this scheme was temporarily paused on 29 March 2020 to process the initial 750,000 applications. For further information, see the NHS Volunteer Responders website.