Other ways you can help

Other ways you can help support your community

Being an NHS Volunteer Responder does not stop you from helping other organisations who are working hard to support the community response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you're interested in providing additional support as a volunteer for another organisation, we've collated some other local opportunities that might suit you. This list will be updated as local needs change.

If you choose to sign up as a volunteer for another organisation, you will need to provide your details to that organisation and follow their own sign up process and training.


For other opportunities to volunteer, please visit gov.uk/volunteering


Page last reviewed: 25 November 2020


AbilityNet are looking for IT support volunteers from the TS and DL postcode areas of North Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

Types of duties expected will include the following:

  • Provide impartial advice on computer hardware and software to older people or people living with one or more disability in their own homes, or remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Help with connections to the internet and use of email. Identify and, if possible, solve technical problems which arise or recommend other organisations which may be able to help. Give advice and assistance with hardware and software upgrades.

Role requirements are:

  • Aged 18 or over.
  • All applicants will be subject to Enhanced DBS checks.
  • No specific qualifications needed but IT experience essential.

For more information please visit abilitynet.org.uk or email v.nyorks@abilitynet.org.uk

Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Age UK

We're working with Age UK to connect NHS Volunteer Responders to older people who may be in need. Some of the services delivered by Age UK organisations, however, require volunteers to complete additional tasks such as entering an older person's home to put away groceries. To support with these needs, we want to encourage you to also register as an Age UK volunteer if you happen to live in the following specific areas of need:

  1. Bolton
  2. Brighton & Hove
  3. Darlington
  4. North Craven
  5. North Yorkshire
  6. Northumberland
  7. South Gloucestershire
  8. The Wirral
  9. West Sussex

To register as a volunteer, please visit complete the Volunteer Referral form: 


Add "NHS Volunteer Responder" in the field labelled "Company or Organisation" so that Age UK knows you've already completed the NHS Volunteer Responder requirements.

Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council are looking for Volunteer Drivers to assist across multiple community transport schemes.

Types of duties expected will include the following:

  • Transport passengers from their home to the GP, dentist, hairdresser, to go shopping, to collect prescriptions, to hospital outpatient’s appointments, or to visit hospitals etc. You would then return the passenger home.

Role requirements are:

  • Able to drive and have access to a car.
  • Enhanced level DBS check (arranged through CCC).
  • Can be flexible with hours and days.

Opportunities are available in East Cambs, South Cambs, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and potentially more areas.

For more information please email: 


Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Chelmsford CVS

Chelmsford Centre Supporting Community Action (known as Chelmsford CVS) are looking for volunteers to undertake food shopping and deliveries across the Chelmsford District.

Types of duties expected will include the following:

  • Small essential shops for people who are isolating, or to deliver Click & Collect orders.
  • Across Chelmsford District (you will be assigned voluntary tasks in accordance with how far they wish to travel)
  • Access to a car is essential

For more information please email:


Page last reviewed: 30 November 2020

Connex Community Support

Connex Community Support supports people in the Peaks and Dales. They are looking for the following volunteers.


To transport older and disabled people to their medical appointments, including COVID-19 vaccinations. Various locations depending on client’s appointment, but primarily in the Buxton and Derbyshire Dales areas.

Role requirements are:

  • DBS check (we cover the cost)
  • 2x references
  • A full UK driving licence
  • Copies of your insurance and MOT
  • Have access to their own vehicle

Shopping Volunteer

To do small shops and or prescription collections for people recently discharged from hospital or at risk of an admission to hospital. Various locations in Buxton and surrounding areas.

Role requirements are:

  • DBS check (we cover the cost)
  • Two references

To apply for either of these roles please contact Lynn Stone on 01298 23970 or email volunteer@connex.org.uk




Page last reviewed: 22 March 2021

East Lancashire Hospitals' Trust

Supporting the Trust’s Christian chaplains to support patients with their spiritual needs while in hospital, by listening to patients and  helping patients to access chaplaincy services. Volunteers will preferably be an active member of local church or have strong Christian faith.

The Trust hospitals are Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital.

Anyone interested should email: 


Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership are looking for volunteers who can commit to calling 1, 2 or more people for up to 40 minutes chat at least once a week, to see how they are doing and to help reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation in these difficult times.


For more information visit lancsvp.org.uk


Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Sandwell CVO

There are many opportunities to help out in the borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands.

Organisations in our diverse community need volunteers to support a wide variety of tasks from telephone befriending to online tutoring.


To see our latest opportunities, go to letsgosandwell.info or contact getinvolved@scvo.info for support. t



Page last reviewed: 30 November 2020

Sightline Vision (North West)

Sightline Vision are looking for a telephone befriender. The role will be based from your home with no travel required for approximately 1 hour per week at a mutually convenient time.

Types of duties expected will include chatting on the phone to someone in the sight loss community who is experiencing social isolation.

Role requirements are:

  • Personal sight loss experience.


  • Close relationship with a person with sight loss.


  • Professional experience in the sight loss sector.

For more information please email info@sightline.org.uk

Page last reviewed: 16 December 2020

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council are looking for Welcome Host Volunteers to oversee a static hand sanitiser station within and around the High Street and other locations across the borough.

Types of duties expected will include but not limited to:

  • Provide a welcoming presence to visitors arriving in the High Street(s)
  • Providing helpful information – letting visitors know where to find facilities (toilets/parking/baby changing etc)
  • Provide safety advice – reminding of social distancing when queuing for food/facilities etc.
  • Report identified danger or areas of concern – reporting any issues for concerns to appropriate colleagues (Bid Rangers, Community Policing Team, Community Safety Team etc)

For more information email:


Page last reviewed: 21 August 2020


Volunteer caseworkers help vulnerable bereaved people to identify their emotional, practical and specialist needs and agree outcome goals. They provide emotional support and research, and work with community agencies to advocate for their clients and get help they need.

Sudden is also seeking experienced volunteer supervisors with a background in providing supervision of caseworkers.


For more information visit suddendeath.org



Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Together Transport Services

Together Transport Services are looking for volunteer ‘Journey Makers’ to support passengers at Guildford, Woking or Surbiton Station.

Types of duties expected will include the following:

  • Welcoming passengers to the station.
  • Supporting passenger flow in and out of stations.
  • Encouraging passengers to use face coverings.
  • Providing verbal instructions to people using the station.
  • Reassuring passengers and answering questions.
  • Provided with face coverings and a high-visibility volunteer vest.

For more information please email:


Page last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Together Talks


We want to both give existing volunteers more support and opportunities and to recruit new volunteers in this exciting brand-new role. Part of what we have done successfully in the past is to use volunteering to help people to make changes in their lives, whether that is gaining new skills, making friends, becoming more confident or contributing to their job-readiness.

The role

This is a new role and will very much be what you make it. It is expected to include communicating and working with people over the telephone, supporting people to access activities and providing 1:1 telephone support for people to help them to engage with wellbeing activities. If you’re a friendly person who likes talking to people, then this is the role for you.

What does a Volunteer Befriender do?

  • Telephones client for around 10-30 minutes and arranges dates and times for future calls directly with them. This can be from once a day to once a month, but individual needs will be matched with your availability.
  • To provide support over the telephone and help improve confidence and self-esteem. Help client engage in health and wellbeing activities, making them feel better about themselves.
  • To signpost people to appropriate services for further support and act as a reliable source of information should it be required by them.
  • To provide updates to the Volunteer Coordinator & Telephone Support Team on a regular basis. This will allow the department to offer more support or guidance if required.
  • To report back any issues or concerns that need dealing with by the Telephone Befriending Support Team and Volunteer Coordinators.
  • It is important to note telephone befriending is not counselling or therapy and other services must be sought if this is required. Our Volunteers are not trained counsellors or therapists.

Geographical areas/service it applies to

Volunteers can be nationwide as this is volunteering on the telephone. The service applies to Bradford and District.


For more information about Together Talks, visit: befriender.bdtbs.co.uk or telephone 01274 952200


Page last reviewed: 13 January 2021