Coronavirus: How to become an NHS volunteer responder amid Covid-19 outbreak

A scheme to recruit 750,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic has been launched by the Government.

Due to the huge number of applications, the scheme has paused, but is likely to open again in the next few weeks.

So how do you become a volunteer and what are they looking for?

The government is seeking 250,000 volunteers in a bid to help the NHS out during the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: PA

Before you can get started and apply to become a volunteer you must meet the following requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no coronavirus symptoms.

  • Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.

  • Patient transport driver volunteers will also require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely.

What are the four volunteering roles available?

There are four main volunteers the NHS are looking to seek:

Community Response volunteer

This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

A matrix road sign on the A367 into Bath advises motorists to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Credit: PA

Patient Transport volunteer

This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring they are settled safely back in to their home.

NHS Transport volunteer

This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites.

The role may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check in and Chat volunteer

This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a result of self-isolation.

This can be done from your own home.

How do you sign up?

The volunteer application form is here.

Coronavirus: Everything you need to know