Volunteers can also provide a ‘check in and chat’ telephone call to prevent loneliness and isolation.
You're eligible for support from an NHS Volunteer Responder if you:
- Are aged 70+ with underlying health conditions
- If you are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID 19 group and have been sent a letter asking you to shield from the virus
- People who are pregnant
- If you are newly socially vulnerable as a result of COVID 19
- People who have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010
- Others with high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People with serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including because of cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity e.g. body mass index (BMI) over 40
- Certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, dementia, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
If you are a carer, you can make a referral on behalf of the person you are caring for, or for yourself to assist with your caring role.