In 2020 we helped and supported each other while acting responsibly and we need to carry that through into 2021. Many Sheffield people live in isolation with ongoing health conditions and need regular support to stay safe at home.
More NHS Volunteer Responders are needed in Sheffield. You need a smart phone and it’s a location based system, with alerts received by phone when you choose to be on duty.
Community Response Volunteers collect shopping, medication or other essential supplies for people self-isolating. Check-in and Chat Volunteers phone people in self-isolation at risk of loneliness for a chat
NHS Transport Volunteers transport equipment, supplies or medication between NHS services and sites.
A new role has just been added: Steward Volunteer (Covid-19 vaccinations). Stewards will guide people on site to make sure the vaccination process runs as safely and efficiently as possible. They will help ensure social distancing and identify people who need additional support.
Sheffield has areas where a lot of people need help but few people are in a position to be able to offer to volunteer. These will often be more deprived areas, possibly council estates. If you live close to these areas, volunteering will be particularly valuable. You will find it a rewarding experience knowing it takes pressure off the NHS and the wonderful frontline staff working in it.
You can apply via www.goodsamapp.org/NHS. It’s one of many ways to help in this crisis, noting that many gave up their Christmas Day this year to feed and support vulnerable and homeless people.
NHS, key workers, carers and volunteers have stepped up for us in 2020. Let’s keep doing what we can to help others in need in 2021.
Christine Gilligan Kubo
Hillsborough ward Green party