Info for current volunteers:
If you are currently volunteering for an organisation, it is likely you will have heard from them regarding the current situation and how it is affecting their usual service delivery. Some organisations have cancelled all volunteering, but it’s important that you listen to what you’re being told and follow instructions. Feel free to ask questions but please appreciate that volunteer coordinators might be hearing from lots of people and may need a short amount of time to consider the best response. Also, this is a rapidly changing situation and it is important to ensure that you look out for communications from the charities that you are volunteering with.
If you are volunteering with a student-led project, please talk to your project leader or Volunteering Coordinator for advice going forward. As SHSU have cancelled all events (including volunteering) until May – many sessions and project plans will be postponed/cancelled. If you’re unsure about your project or have any concerns regarding your volunteering, please contact your Volunteering Coordinator.
If you have signed up to a Give It A Go session, please keep an eye out for communications. Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union have cancelled all events up until May, but we are keeping an eye on guidance from the government and the University so this could be extended.
You may decide, for whatever reason, that you do not wish to continue volunteering. That’s understandable and it is your right to make that decision. However, communicating clearly with the charity to update them will give them a huge amount of help. Additionally, they will find it easier to cover your responsibilities if you give them as much notice as possible.
Staying safe when supporting others:
It’s important to stay safe when supporting others. Use the following instructions created by NCVO:
- Let family and friends know what you are doing and where you are going
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call
- Stay at least two metres or about three steps away from people you’re helping
- Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes
- Keep washing your hands, often, for 20 seconds
- Don’t take on too much as it’s often better not to offer at all than to let someone down
- If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues, then don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
In the News:
There are some useful articles about the Covid-19 response in Sheffield on the Now Then ap.
The Guardian has a useful article, Covid-19 Mutual Aid: how to help vulnerable people near you