Five ways to volunteer or donate in Surrey during coronavirus pandemic

We all know our health services and charities have been under more strain than ever since the first coronavirus lockdown.

If you want to help them out, there are lots of opportunities across Surrey to get involved.

You could do something as simple such as donate money to a foodbank or provide personal protective equipment.

There’s also plenty of opportunity to get involved with national charities, or donate to the Surrey Crisis Fund or Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund.

No matter how busy you are in your personal life, hopefully there’s a role to suit you.

1) National charities

There are plenty of national charities to help out with. While it may be a national organisation, the British Red Cross, for example, offers local services.

The British Red Cross asks that you are 18 or above, available to call upon in a crisis and understand that you will only be asked to help your local community.

You can find out more about how to volunteer for your community in a crisis here.

NHS Volunteer Responders was set up in response to the pandemic to support those in England who are at most risk from coronavirus.

A doctor, nurse or other professionals will refer people to reliable volunteers.

Age UK is asking for volunteers to chat to people on the phone. Since older people aren’t able to have visitors at the moment, your time could be vital in building friendships with them.

2) Surrey Crisis Fund

The Surrey Crisis Fund is seeking donations to help those who have nowhere else to turn to. You can donate through the Government’s official donations page.

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The fund’s webpage reads: “The Surrey Crisis Fund provides support to Surrey residents who have nowhere else to turn in an emergency. If you would like to help support Surrey’s residents in crisis please consider donating to the Surrey Crisis Fund.”

3) Foodbanks

Foodbanks across Surrey are asking for money to be donated.

This will help them to put together food parcels and lunches for those who need them.

You can find more information about several foodbank organisations to help out with here.

There are opportunities in Guildford, Godalming and elsewhere across Surrey.

4) Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund

The Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund is asking for your donations. It was set up to help those most vulnerable receive the support they need.

It has reached £2.6 million of its £3 million target.

The fundraising page reads: “The coronavirus outbreak has impacted us all, but it has become apparent that the outlook for the most vulnerable members of our community is particularly devastating.

“We have to date awarded £2.3 million in grants to support groups tackling issues such as domestic abuse, mental ill health, loneliness and isolation among older people and food poverty.”

If you would like to donate, click here to go to the fundraising page.

5) Help to provide Personal Protective Equipment

An unprecedented amount of Personal Protective Equipment is needed.

The Surrey County Council website reads that with the NHS being prioritised, there is still a lack of PPE for other sectors.

For social workers, care home staff, firefighters and volunteers, there is a demand for PPE.

Any businesses that produce PPE are urged to email Surrey County Council procurement.support@surreycc.gov.uk

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