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 i.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.
Anyone in England who has symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age, can ask for a test through the NHS website.
In England, priority testing can be accessed through GOV.UK by:
- Essential workers – this definition applies to both paid and unpaid i.e. volunteer roles
- Anyone over 5 years old who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with an essential worker
- Children under 5 years old who have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker (this test must be performed by a parent or guardian).
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.
Looking after your mental health
6 bereavement podcasts have been produced by Health Education England since April 2020 on the training and support of volunteers dealing with the dying or people in bereavement. Recorded by Sally James with Alex James from bereavement.co.uk
Volunteers can also email Alex confidentially for free practical online support and advice on caring for the dying and bereaved: firstname.lastname@example.org.