Volunteering programme response to COVID-19

Volunteering programme response to COVID-19

Volunteering during the Coronavirus pandemic

Ths Scottish Government launched the new Scotland Cares campaign on 30 March to encourage people to volunteer during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The guidance is to stay at home, but for those who are willing and able to volunteer please visit the Ready Scotland website where you can get information and links on how to support your community safely.

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 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Volunteering in NHS Scotland Programme is adapting to meet the demands of NHS boards' volunteering programmes and prioritising response.

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
  • 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 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.

The following are ongoing and considered business critical:

  • developmental support to NHS boards
  • provision and development of the Volunteering Information System
  • Volunteering Information System training (via webinar)
  • sharing of research, publications and good practice on the Community of Practice
  • communications, including the e-newsletter and guidance

The following projects are ongoing but limited due to restrictions on travel and engagement:

  • National Group for Volunteering in NHSScotland (via teleconference)
  • HF1 Streamlining the Volunteer Recruitment Process
  • HF4 Volunteering Case Studies
  • national and thematic meetings of the Volunteer Managers Network (via webinars/teleconference)
  • standardisation of volunteer recruitment and training

The following projects are paused:

  • deployment of the Volunteering Information System to new boards
  • HF2 Volunteer Peer Support
  • HF3 Embedding of evaluation throughout volunteer engagement programmes
  • HFEOLC End of Life Care Pilot (NHS Borders)
  • support and information for NHS board steering groups
  • Communications Strategy for the Volunteering in NHSScotland Programme and NHS boards
  • supporting inclusive volunteering practice through the development of equalities monitoring
Last Updated: 30 March 2020