Volunteering programme response to COVID-19

Volunteering programme response to COVID-19

Volunteering during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Scottish Government launched the new Scotland Cares campaign on 30 March to encourage people to volunteer during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. After successfuly registering 76,00 people through the campaign, recruitment has been paused.  The guidance remains to stay at home wherever possible.

Please keep safe and follow Scottish Government guidelines to protect our communities and those working in our health and social care services. Thank you.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme is adapting to meet the demands of NHS boards' volunteering programmes and prioritising response. We are also supporting Scottish Government and UK Government in the development of and information gathering for the Emergency Placement Scheme (Emergency Volunteering Leave).

This includes:

  • holding meetings of the National Group for Volunteering in NHSScotland via teleconference
  • guidance to NHS boards on how to respond to the COVID-19 situation (March 2020)
  • COVID-19 Shared Practice and Guidance on volunteer engagement during the pandemic (September 2020)
  • COVID-19 Volunteering Information System webinars
  • reviewing Volunteering Information System users, and communication to Strategic Leads on how we can support them and their use of, and access to, the Volunteering Information System
  • drafting in additional staff to support the Programme Team
  • teleconference calls and webinars for volunteer managers and strategic leads to share practice and developments

The Programme workplan has been reviewed and prioritised. The status of each project is reviewed weekly and subject to change.

Last Updated: 21 September 2020