Who can become an NHS Volunteer ?
Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.
The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing.
Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely.
If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.
How many NHS Volunteers are required?
The Government are looking for 250,000 people to help with the effort.
Why does this matter?
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS Director of Primary Care, said: “Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, which is why we’re rallying the troops and telling the public: your NHS needs you.
“This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments where a single action from one person can be the difference between life and death for another, and simple acts of kindness are going to make all the difference in keeping some of the most vulnerable people well and out of hospital."
How do I sign up?
You can sign up to become an NHS Volunteer Responder at
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright