As the COVID-19 virus peaks over the coming weeks, support will be needed to fill likely gaps in social care for children, families and vulnerable people in receipt of care services.
Community Care Volunteering is a city-wide volunteer programme operating across Leeds, to ensure systems are in place to care for people and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The programme is coordinated by Leeds City Council and Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) - a registered charity, working all year round to support a thriving voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Leeds.
A coordinated effort is important to ensure that the most vulnerable people receive help and that all volunteers and recipients of support are safe. If you're healthy and low risk, you can sign-up on the Google form below to become a Community Care Volunteer and help others in Leeds.
The programme is designed so that people can sign-up to volunteer in a range of different roles, depending on availability and preference. Volunteers can sign-up to offer practical support for vulnerable people (such as shopping deliveries, preparing meals, making check-in phone calls) or can sign-up as an informal volunteer to help within their own neighbourhood in more general ways.
Once the form has been completed, volunteers will be sent an online training induction via email — this must be completed before getting started. Working with teams at Leeds Cit Council and a network of 33 local charities — operating in each ward of Leeds — our team will then contact volunteers with specific opportunities to help.
Leeds City Council has launched a helpline, so that people in need of support can call 0113 378 1877 to be matched with a local volunteer who can help.
Thank you for your support.
*Please be aware that the information we hold will be stored specifically for the volunteer response to COVID-19, in line with the Voluntary Action Leeds GDPR policy.