New Coronavirus Volunteering Guidance Issued by UK Government – May 2021

New guidance has been issued regarding safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus in line with the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

The full guidance can be found here, and applies to volunteering activity in England.

The guidance covers the following key points, and is essential reading for anyone coordinating volunteers or organising volunteer activity.

  1. Who can volunteer
  2. Workplace closures
  3. Volunteering in groups and around others
  4. Travelling to volunteer or while volunteering
  5. Face coverings
  6. Coronavirus testing for volunteers
  7. Ensuring volunteers and their workplaces are safe
  8. Safeguarding volunteers
  9. Insurance and volunteers
  10. Volunteers who claim benefits or who are ‘furloughed’
  11. Involving volunteers in mutual aid groups and community support groups
  12. Local information and resources

As previously mentioned, this guidance has been developed for invididuals who run volunteer-involving groups or organisations, or who manage volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering yourself, or are an existing volunteer, there is guidance available on how to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic and on how to help others safely.

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