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Volunteering during COVID-19. NHS Volunteer Responders via The Royal Voluntary Service

May 9, 2020 10:21 AM
By Leicester Liberal Democrats in Extracts from Royal Voluntary Service website

For those interested wanting further help we have a link to the Royal Voluntary Service website. Click on the link below. Many thanks to our Aylestone Ward Councillor, Nigel Porter for sourcing this information.

https://volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/nhs-volunteer-responders-portal/isolating

The RVS website in the link above advise people in these categories are advised to get in touch:

  • People aged 70 years and older with underlying health conditions
  • If you are in the 'extremely vulnerable' to COVID 19 group and have been sent a letter asking you to shield from the virus
  • People who are pregnant
  • If you are newly socially vulnerable as a result of COVID 19
  • People who have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010
  • Others with high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People with serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised including because of cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity e.g. body mass index (BMI) over 40
    • Certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, dementia, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk.

If you meet any of these specific criteria, or you consider yourself medically vulnerable for another reason (for instance, you have Parkinson's or Epilepsy) and you need help collecting shopping, medication or would like a telephone 'check in and chat' please call
0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support.

I'm a carer - can I make a referral on someone else's behalf?

As someone with caring responsibilities, you are able to make a referral for someone that you care for that meets the above criteria. You can also make a referral for yourself, if this support helps you to continue in your caring role. Please call us on 0808 196 3646 to make a referral.

For more information or to read our FAQs, please click here.