Update from Nick Gregory – Employer and Partnership Manager for Department for Works and Pensions:
As you will no doubt have seen, the NHS has had a fantastic response to its NHS Volunteer Responders scheme which is facilitated through the Good Sam app. The NHS Volunteer Responders programme was set up to complement care and support at a local level. NHS Volunteer Responders are a new group that are carrying out simple, non-medical tasks, including delivering medicines, shopping and other supplies as well as making calls to check in on those isolating at home. Whilst of course this service is not designed to replace the fantastic support that is provided by health, social care and voluntary organisations, the government want to ensure anyone who may benefit from this support at this time of crisis is aware of the support available to them and how to access it.
Further information can be found about the programme here. Alongside this, charities that wish to directly support their clients who are vulnerable and may need support at this time, can become approved referrers so that they can make referrals on behalf of their clients / members. If you would like to become an approved referrer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like any further information on the service please contact email@example.com