Guidance for volunteers - COVID-19


Guidance for Volunteers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Thank you for registering with Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets to volunteer in Tower Hamlets during the COVID-19 pandemic/recovery phase. This guidance provides information on the process and tips on staying safe. Please read this in conjunction with any guidance provided by the organisation where you volunteer.

Applying for a volunteer role advertised by Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH)


Your own health / transmitting the virus to others

Most government COVID-19 restrictions were lifted on 19 July 2021. In Stage 4 of the government’s roadmap, people do not need to stay 2 metres apart from others they do not live with, there are no limits on the number of people that can meet in groups indoors or outdoors, and there is no longer a requirement to work or volunteer from home. However, COVID-19 infection and hospitalisation rates continue to remain high in Tower Hamlets and there is still a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. Therefore, we advise volunteers to continue to be very cautious and take precautions to keep themselves and others safe, such as:
The organisation where you are volunteering should be following government guidance on involving volunteers safely including carrying out a health and safety risk assessment.
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable (at high risk from coronavirus) you should follow the government guidance on protecting yourself, thinking particularly carefully about taking precautions when meeting others you do not usually meet. For example, you could reduce your social interactions and the time you spend in places that are crowded and do not have good ventilation. You may want to look out for volunteer roles that can be carried out from home or outdoors. We often advertise roles you can do from home such as telephone befriending, mentoring, helplines, administration, tutoring workshops and more. There may also be some outdoor roles, particularly during the summer months. You should tell the organisation you’re volunteering with that you are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. They may be able to give you extra support to maintain social distancing and minimise contact with others.
If volunteering in a role outside of your home, you should not attend volunteering if:
Contact your Volunteer Co-ordinator immediately to say that you cannot currently volunteer and explain why. Volunteering should not start again until the end of the isolation period.

Your safety and safety of others

Delivering Shopping, Food and Medication

Telephone befriending

Further information


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