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Information for people interested in volunteering during the Covid-19 crisis

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I Want to Volunteer

The Derby Covid Community Response Hub - a group of organisations working in partnership and comprising of Community Action Derby, Derby City Council, Derby Homes, the University of Derby, local NHS, Thrive Derby and linking into Derby Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group - have been coordinating help and support for people who live alone or who are self-isolating with partners or relatives during the Covid-19 crisis.

We have been matching up potential volunteers with those people most affected by the current crisis since it began in late March. We encourage potential volunteers to be good neighbours and focus on people who need support, however big or small, in their immediate local neighbourhood. This may involve helping people with shopping, prescriptions and other small tasks and by volunteering in the local neighbourhood reduces the risk of the spread of infection to other areas of the city. 

If you are interested in becoming a Good Neighbour volunteer then take a look at the Task Description and complete the Registration Form. If you or someone you know needs support please click here.

What else can I do?

As lockdown restrictions are eased Volunteer Centre Derby is working to review what volunteering opportunities are available in the city, below are a few options.

MHA Derby Live at Home Scheme

The scheme is recruiting volunteers to help provide the Telephone Befriending Service across Derby, supporting older people in the community during this difficult time. The service is proving to be very popular and aims to reduce loneliness and isolation ensuring people continue to feel part of the community.
To volunteer for this much needed service with the Derby Live at Home Scheme please
email or call 01332 662286 for an application form. 
Lorraine Ogan
Live at Home Scheme Manager
Derby Live at Home Scheme
Visit the Live at Home Scheme website

A Stitch From Me to You

This is a new group of over 900 sewers who are making headbands, wash bags, face masks and more for NHS staff, care home staff and other key workers.

The group needs people who can sew, together with people who can drive to deliver the items around Derby. Take a look at the following links:

Sewing Group

Sewing Group on Facebook

StayWell Derby Volunteer
StayWell Derby is recruiting volunteer befrienders to support the wellbeing of people in Derby. Befrienders offer support, information and a listening ear to help people  identify challenges that may be affecting their wellbeing. Volunteers also signpost to relevant services and support.

For more information or a chat about this opportunity please contact:

Jamie Gratton - Community Link Worker (Social Prescribing)

Tel: 01332 346266 or 07495 602031

Library Volunteer

At present all 10 of the community managed libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Moving forward and following government guidelines we hope that at some point soon the libraries will be able to re-open.

Recruitment for library volunteers is ongoing - for more information please contact:

Stef Cockerham – Libraries Volunteer Organiser
Tel: 01332 346266 or 07931 555075


If you have internet access, you may like to check out the national volunteering website - the website guides you through the process of searching for opportunities in different regions and in different roles and environments.


Volunteer Centre Derby
If you have any questions or would like some support then please contact us 
Tel: 01332 346266 or 342272

Follow us on Twitter @VolCentreDerby or Facebook @VolunteerDerby