Your NHS needs you

Choose from a number of vital roles when you sign up to become an NHS volunteer. 

After the government launched its NHS volunteer scheme more than half a million people have responded to the call to help vulnerable people through the coronavirus crisis.

Despite initially calling for 250,000 volunteers more than 750,000 people have now signed up with the scheme remaining open.

The mass sign-up follows health secretary Matt Hancock's request for people to donate their time to help the 1.5 million people isolating for 12 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19.

NHS volunteers will be carrying out ‘simple but vital’ roles.

> 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.
> Patient transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that 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, it 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 consequence of self-isolation.

Anyone who is over the age of 18, fit and healthy and non-symptomatic can offer their time to the scheme.

The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing.

You can sign up to become an NHS Volunteer Responder and read more about how you can get involved at goodsamapp.org/NHS.