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Be a key part of the COVID-19 response
Help, advice and roles
As local communities across the country collectively respond to COVID-19, volunteering is ever more important now. It is inspiring to see the immense difference organisations and volunteers are making on the ground in Barnet – supporting those who need it the most.
Barnet council, with the support of Volunteering Barnet, has now launched its COVID-19 volunteering platform Barnet Community Response to support Barnet residents and local organisations and groups in urgent need of volunteers.
If you are over 18, in good health and able to volunteer, sign up today to become a Barnet Community Response Volunteer. Below are a few other ways you can get involved in Barnet:
- Start by offering to help a trusted neighbour and friends.
- Check-in with friends regularly, suggest a phone call or Skype conversation regularly who may be feeling isolated.
- Donate food or volunteer at your local food bank; you can check trusselltrust.org to find your nearest Foodbank.
Community Help Hub
Barnet Council in partnership with Barnet Together, and a task force of businesses, charities and faith groups have set up Community Help Hub to create a network of local support that will help Barnet communities remain resilient as the COVID-19 health situation unfolds. This page will be updated regularly with more information about where you can get help, and how you can get involved.
Support for local groups and organisations
Many community groups and voluntary organisations are going to be stretched at the moment. If you are a Barnet based community group or organisation we can offer help, advice and support during this time. Please complete this form so we can identify the best way to support you.
Get Involved as a Volunteer
If you can volunteer and offer any support in your community then please complete the volunteer offer support form.
Request Support for Others
If you are requesting help for yourself or your family member, friend, or a close member of your community that is not medical related, then please contact the Community Help Hub for urgent help and support.
The following organisations are in urgent need of volunteers:
We are going to be updating this list weekly so please check back regularly to find out what organisations there are to support in the borough.
If you are already volunteering for a local COVID-19 response group or mutual aid group please share the details of your group with us so we can offer our support. If you want to volunteer locally with a neighbourhood volunteering initiative please read this post on how to stay safe while volunteering.
Other volunteer roles
Those over 70 years old (as well as people with health conditions) give so much time in volunteering and with the current health situation, many charities will not be supported with their valued volunteer hours. Therefore, if you are keen and able, then please consider giving your time to replace their effort and commitment.
At the moment, organisations will be working hard to arrange how they deliver services while also maintaining social distancing – but check the website regularly for new roles, especially volunteering at home to help organisations.
Some organisations are also recruiting for roles which volunteers will start when the current precautions end. They may interview over phone or Skype.
Lots of charities and organisations are struggling to continue their service right now. You can offer your support by volunteering for one of our registered volunteer roles. You can search and apply for roles here.
If you would like advice about volunteering, email our Volunteer Brokerage Coordinator Alice on firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering Barnet is closely monitoring the situation and proactively following healthcare and government advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. Before volunteering, please make sure you have considered your own health, any caring commitments you may have and who you need to make aware that you are volunteering.