Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus

New guidance, setting out the rules on “safe and effective volunteering” during the second national lockdown, was published last week.

According to this latest government guidance, charity volunteers in England are exempt from rules about mixing households during the pandemic but should volunteer from home if possible.

Key points from the guidance include:

  • that “while volunteering, people can meet in groups of any size from different households, indoors or outdoors”. This is different from the lockdown rules for England as a whole, which ban people from more than one household mixing indoors unless they belong to a pre-existing support bubble.
  • volunteers who meet in groups are urged to take extra care following social distancing and hand-washing rules.
  • charities need to make sure no volunteer feels “compelled to volunteer outside their home by their organisation or group”.
  • people should volunteer from home if that is possible.
  • volunteering outside the home is acceptable provided the individual is not clinically extremely vulnerable, does not need to self-isolate, and is following social distancing guidelines.
  • volunteers over 70 years old may need additional support to minimise social contact and protect them from the virus.
  • individuals are not be able to volunteer if the charity is among the venues required to close as part of the lockdown.

Read the full guidance here.

NAVCA have also created the flow chart below as an easy to use guide.

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