NHS Volunteer Responders will today extend their support to health and social care staff, the government has announced.
NHS Volunteer Responders will be carrying out socially-distanced tasks, including helping with delivering food shopping and dropping off personal medication to frontline staff at their homes.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, (pictured) said: “The NHS Volunteer Responders have played a vital role in our response to coronavirus, and I am hugely thankful for their support. Their selfless efforts to protect those who need to shield or self-isolate has helped stop the spread of the virus and alleviated pressure on health and care services during this unprecedented pandemic.
“Following the success of the volunteers scheme, support is now being extended to all our wonderful health and care staff who continue to go above and beyond.
“We want to support them in whatever way we can to make their lives easier while they continue to support others most in need.”
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, welcomed the scheme’s support or social care staff, commenting: “Our staff are our biggest resource and we know that the scheme will make a difference in reducing the potential for staff to come into contact with COVID-19.”
The NHS Volunteer Responders programme was developed by NHS England in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service and facilitated by the Good Sam app.
Volunteers carry out simple, one-off non-medical tasks to support people in England who need help with accessing essentials or who would benefit from a friendly chat to help prevent loneliness.
The programme is also providing support to NHS and local authorities with transport tasks such as delivering blood pressure monitors to patients or transporting small quantities of PPE to care homes.