Kirklees Council volunteers
Hundreds of new volunteers have signed up to support others using our Community Response online form or helpline. We are screening potential volunteers and where they have a DBS check we are recording this. These volunteers will be working directly for the council, with tasks allocated by one of our volunteer co-ordinators, including:
- Collecting shopping and dropping off on the doorstep (or other items)
- Telephone befriending – a chat which may help reduce loneliness or isolation
- Helping to link people to what other help and support there is locally
We are not asking people to go into people’s houses or do any activities that will go against current guidance from the NHS and government about How to help safely. We are asking all volunteers to follow NHS guidelines on keeping social distancing and maintaining safe practice, so they do not put themselves or others in danger.
One of our volunteer co-ordinators will talk through the process of getting an ID badge with the people who have registered with us.
Mutual aid groups and local organisations
Kirklees Council are also providing photo ID cards for volunteers in local organisations, including our VCS anchor organisations and mutual aid groups in local neighbourhoods. All of these groups are a vital part of the co-ordinated Community Response in Kirklees.
If you’re part of one of these groups or organisations, you can apply for Covid-19 Volunteer ID online. We’ve shared the link with groups who are already on our contact list.
To request the link, please email:
Authorisation letters for local groups
Third Sector Leaders have previously provided authorisation letters and volunteer cards for local Covid-19 volunteers, and these have also been shared by councillors with local groups.
For more info about support for local groups email: Bridget@tslkirklees.org.uk