Meeting the NHS Volunteers

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the NHS has appealed for help from volunteers who are over 18 and not in high-risk category.

Within a day of the appeal starting, 405,000 people had signed up as NHS volunteer responders.

Susan, one of the volunteers who used to be a special constable, said: “I have volunteered now because there are so many people in need at the moment.

“I can’t think that someone could be stuck at home, scared without food or medication or someone to talk to.”

She thinks she has been lucky and not affected by the pandemic, so she wants to help people in need as well as the local community.

Roles for volunteers include being an NHS or Community responder – helping people who are self-isolated buy goods, medicines, and delivering the supplies to their home.

Applicants with cars can are encouraged be NHS Patient Transport volunteers. This role is helping discharged patients get home, while other transport volunteers help deliver equipment, supplies, and medicines between NHS services and sites.

Another role is Check-in and Chat volunteers, providing telephone support to people who are isolated.

Here is a Chat volunteer, Chris Gu, who is a Chinese, to talk about her experience.

“It is time for me to share my love for society.”  Chris Gu said. 

Now is the time to come together to fight the virus, if you want to do something about it, you can join the NHS Volunteer responders.