Lockdown, keyworker definition and furloughing
- Drawing on Government advice, this NCVO blog clarifies that people can go out to volunteer if they’re providing help to vulnerable people, or if their volunteering cannot be done from home.
- The keyworker definition applies to people in paid, and unpaid e. volunteer, roles. This information (NCVO KNOWHOW) clarifies what these roles are, and links to the Government’s key worker guidance.
- At present, many staff from the private, public and voluntary sectors are in furlough. This NCVO blog clearly states that furloughed employees cannot do any work for their organisation, and whilst on furlough, they must not provide services or make money for (or on behalf of) their employer – this includes volunteering. You can still volunteer for other organisations.
Testing is now available for all essential workers – this definition applies to both paid and unpaid i.e. volunteer roles. The test is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing. Remember: if you, or someone in your household, exhibits symptoms such as a cough or high temperature, you should self-isolate following the Government guidelines.
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