Volunteering programme response to COVID-19

Volunteering programme response to COVID-19

Volunteering has an important role to play across NHSScotland but the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the levels of volunteering activity.

At the beginning of the pandemic levels of volunteering within NHSScotland reduced significantly in order to ensure the safety of volunteers. Some new volunteering roles have emerged during this time, for example to support the flu vaccination programme and more recently in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.  However, a large proportion of volunteer roles across NHSScotland remain stood down since March 2020.

The volunteering in NHSScotland programme is now focussing on supporting NHS boards in the remobilisations of volunteering programmes across Scotland. 

Our work in this area includes:

  • holding meetings of the National Group for Volunteering in NHSScotland via video conference
  • publishing recommendations from the National Group for Volunteering in NHSScotland on the Remobilisation of Volunteering in NHSScotland (August 2021)
  • publishing guidance and providing support to NHS boards on the Remobilisation of Volunteering in NHSScotland (August 2021)
  • Volunteering Information System webinars
  • reviewing the Volunteering Information System to ensure it meets the needs of users
  • provision of peer support discussion spaces and practice development workshops for volunteer managers
  • developing new (and reviewing existing) resources and tools to support NHS boards in the remobilisation of volunteering
Last Updated: 18 August 2021