There are so many ways to help out during the coronavirus pandemic. Read on to find out how you can best volunteer your time.\r\nWho can help?\r\nThe NHS says you should only help out if you do not have any long-term health conditions and are not pregnant. You should also ensure that you are physically well and do not have any coronavirus symptoms.\r\nThe main coronavirus symptoms are:\r\n\r\nA new, continuous cough\r\nHigh temperature\r\nTiredness\r\n\r\nHelping safely\r\nTo ensure that you remain safe while volunteering you should:\r\n\r\nWash your hands frequently\r\nStay at least two meters away from others\r\nStay out of people’s homes\r\nLet family and friends know what you’re doing\r\n\r\nThis will help prevent the spread of coronavirus to yourself and the people you’re helping.\r\nWays you can help\r\nFood shopping for vulnerable people\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nSimply asking your neighbors if they’d like any help with food shopping and errands is a great way to help those in need or key workers – you can slip a note through their door to say that you’re available to help out. \r\nThese people may be unable to leave their homes due to their vulnerability and it can often be difficult for these people to get online supermarket delivery slots due to extremely high demand. \r\nAlternatively, Mutual Aid groups have been set up by local residents on Facebook. If you live in the UK, you can search for your local group here. These groups will help you connect with vulnerable people who need errands running. These might range from a weekly food shop, a dog walk or collecting medication or prescriptions.\r\nStay in touch over the phone \r\nSocial isolation, particularly for elderly people, can be extremely lonely. Just speaking to an elderly or vulnerable person over the phone can make them feel less alone. To do this, you can sign up as a ‘check in and chat’ volunteer for the NHS.\r\nTo start off with you’ll be asked to do a one-off phone call, but you can choose to extend this to ongoing (i.e. weekly or monthly) support if you wish. You will also be able to contact the support team if you need answers to any questions raised.\r\nHelping out at your local foodbank\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nFoodbanks currently need extra volunteers at this time to help sort and pack donations in their warehouse, collect donations from supermarkets and deliver food to people. You can find out how to volunteer in your area here.\r\nIf you’re looking to donate, make a food donation to your local foodbank or supermarket collection point. You can also make a one off or regular financial donation. \r\nVolunteer for the NHS \r\nThe NHS has put out a call for NHS Volunteer Responders. This is a new group set up by the NHS to carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who are isolating because of underlying health conditions.\r\nIf you join the NHS Volunteer Responders, you will be doing simple tasks such as driving people to and from the hospital; delivering food and medication; transporting equipment and supplies and making regular phone calls to check on people who are isolating at home.\r\nOther ways to volunteer \r\nThere are plenty of charities looking for volunteers at the moment. Find out about volunteering in your local area using the Volunteer Centre or the Do-it website.\r\nReach Volunteering help match people’s professional skills to charities that need help in these areas. This is a great way for students to help out, while also gaining some work experience.\r\nAny charity donations will also be greatly appreciated at this time, especially since fundraising events have most likely been cancelled. Donate to local charities here.\r\nDonate to the Coronavirus support effort\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nDonate directly to the National Emergencies Trust here. The money will be distributed to local recognized charities in the form of small grants across the UK.\r\nYou can donate to support NHS staff and volunteers here. Funds generated will be given to member NHS charities supporting the health and emotional wellbeing of those working and volunteering in the NHS.\r\nThe money will help cover accommodation, travel, parking and volunteer expenses, as well as support the longer term mental and rehabilitation of NHS staff, volunteers, patients and carers and help patients recover.\r\nRead more about Covid-19\r\nCoronavirus Student Hub\r\nEverything Students Need to Know About the Novel Coronavirus\r\nConfused About Coronavirus? 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