Prestonians urged to sign up to become an ‘NHS Volunteer Responder’ over the winter months to help those in need

Posted on - 24th December, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News
People can sign up to ‘Check In and Chat’ with elderly people in need. Pic: Pixabay

People across Preston are being asked whether they can support the NHS by volunteering as an NHS Volunteer Responder over the winter months.


Details of the volunteer roles and a sign-up link are here.

Previously registered volunteers are being encouraged to return to the scheme as the need for their services is rapidly increasing across Preston.

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If you have previously joined the scheme but have not recently been ‘on duty’, you can simply sign in again through the GoodSAM app or call 0808 196 3646 for advice.

The national volunteer scheme was set up by the NHS in England in March this year to help win the battle against Covid-19.

It is supported by Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app, and will continue until at least March 2021.

The volunteers help people who are vulnerable to the virus to stay well by staying at home.

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They also directly support the NHS by delivering equipment and supplies, providing patient transport, and directing patients at NHS sites.

The scheme is operated through a smartphone app which means volunteers can set convenient times to go ‘on duty’. This makes it easy to fit around work, family or other volunteering commitments.

Volunteer safety is central to the scheme and NHS Volunteer Responders do not come into direct contact with Covid patients.hFor more information, head to the NHS Volunteer Responders website.

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