COVID-19 Volunteering

This page has been updated (01/06/20) to make information more streamlined and accessible. The page now contains the following sections:

  • News Updates
  • Connect to Volunteering
  • Volunteering Resources
  • Online Volunteer Training
  • Case Studies
  • Useful Wesbites

For a full list of Guidance, Support and Resources that have been published on this website, please download this document Volunteer Resources Support Guidance and Information May 2020

“News Updates”

VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK (1-7 June) 2020
Volunteers Week is approaching and takes place between 1-7th June 2020. It’s an opportunity to recognise, reward and recruit volunteers. Cumbria CVS has produced a Top Ten Tips Guide for how organisations can celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2020 virtually during Covid-19 and keeping volunteers and organisations safe. See here: Volunteers Week – Celebrating Virtually19052020

Cumbria CVS Volunteer Twitter Hour
Wednesday 3 June 2020 from 8-9pm

#cvsvolunteerhour #volunteersweek

On Wednesday 3 June 2020 from 8-9pm, Cumbria CVS will be leading on our twitter hour on volunteering – aimed at bringing together Volunteer Managers from across Cumbria and to raise the profile of volunteering.

As it will be National Volunteers Week the topic is: Celebrating Volunteering in Cumbria.  So come join in and tweet your volunteering opportunities and photographs of any volunteers you have that have either been volunteering during Covid-19 or throughout the year.  Please tag @Cumbriacvs and use the hashtag #cvsvolunteerhour If your organisation is not on twitter or unable to join in then please email by 27 May with any text or images you want tweeted.

Volunteering news and resources
Volunteers and volunteering organisations continue to meet the challenges of coronavirus, adapting to the recent adjustments regarding lockdown rules, while observing social distancing to keep communities and service users safe. For this month’s round up click here

Lifting the Lockdown – facing the challenges
As local organsations look to face the challenges faced as a result of lockdown being eased, NCVOhave gathered a range of useful advice/resources – please do have a look: click here

Wellbeing and mental health during covid-19: a guide to looking after yourself and others
The new the new Covid19 Wellbeing & Mental Health booklet pulled together by Every Life Matters

PHE launch ‘Looking out for each other’ campaign
This campaign is to inform those who are well and not at risk, on the things that they can do to help support their friends and neighbours who need to stay at home because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). More information here:

Connect to Volunteering

Cumbria CVS supports the safe and effective recruitment of volunteers on behalf of charities/third sector organisations across Cumbria to deliver services and/or support individuals. Currently, our attention is focussed on the recruitment and support of COVID-19 volunteers.

Support Cumbria
A central website for anyone interested in volunteering during Covid-19. Click here to register as a volunteer:

Please note: we are anticipating high numbers of volunteers; you will only be contacted when an organisation needs your help but Thank You in advance for  offering your time and skills to volunteer!

Do You Need Volunteers?
If your organisation is looking for volunteers for extra help during Covid 19, please complete and submit the attached Registration Form and return it to Cumbria CVS (

Supporting Informal Volunteers

Communities helping communities
Recently many informal local Facebook groups have been established in response to Covid-19 bringing together informal volunteers who can help and support people already in their neighbourhood. It’s fantastic to see such a fast response from individuals wanting to volunteer and help their neighbours and community!

Cumbria CVS has produced some basic Volunteer Guidelines (*Updated 06.05.20*) that you can use to share with your volunteers who may be helping neighbours informally & organised by local neighbours and the community. Please download: Basic Volunteer Guidelines
Some useful national resources and information that has been produced for Informal Groups of Volunteers:

Volunteering Resources

*New 19.05.20* Cumbria CVS has produced a Top Ten Tips Guide for how organisations can celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2020 virtually during Covid-19 and keeping volunteers and organisations safe. See here: Volunteers Week – Celebrating Virtually19052020

*New 06.05.20* A guide to help you keep your volunteers engaged and motivated druing a crisis designed by Cumbria CVS: Retaining volunteers during a crisis

Helping in Your Community
A useful guide – jointly produced by Cumbria County CounCil and Cumbria CVS: Coronavirus in Cumbria – Helping in your local community

*Updated 06.05.20* Covid-19 Volunteer Handbook
For groups working with informal volunteers. This (word) resource can be downloaded and adapted to suit your organisation:
COVID-19 Volunteer Handbook Guidelines 3060520   Download the Handbook here (pdf) 

*Updated 06.05.20* Covid-19 Volunteer Risk Assessment
Here is an example of a Volunteer Risk Assessment that allows groups to review and consider the potential risks volunteers may be involved with during Covid-19. Please download this and adapt as required by you organisation/group click here to download

This template was adapted from ACT website for a Community Emergency Planning template. Check out their great resources

Here are 10 Top tips to help you Community (and be a good neighbour) during COVID-19, a resource produced by Cumbria CVS in partnership with ACTion with Communities in Cumbria: please click here to download

Animations: Cumbria CVS has commissioned four short films:

Advice for Volunteer Coordinators
What to consider when you are managing volunteers to ensure everyone gets the best out of the experience:

Tips for Telephone Befriending
Advice if you want to volunteer doing a telephone befriending service:

Introduction to Safeguarding
The basics of safeguarding for beginners working with vulnerable people:

Keeping Safe When Volunteering During COVID-19
The basics of safeguarding for people who may be new to working with vulnerable people:

Online Volunteer Training

Communities Prepared – Public Health Emergencies Training
Training resources to help Community Emergency Volunteers and spontaneous local groups better understand public health emergencies and their potential role in supporting community resilience at this time.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH)
Key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus. This link may be useful to share with your volunteers (formal or informal groups):

British Red Cross Coronavirus Training
This training has been designed by the British Red Cross for anyone who is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Whether you are a volunteer with a  charity or have decided to lend a hand to a neighbour, it tells you what you need to know to look after yourselves and others. The content of this course will be regularly updated to reflect the latest situation and advice from government.

Recovery College Online – Coping during the Pandemic Course
This course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic.
There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
The course is free to access for everyone. You can find the link on our homepage:
We also have a Coronavirus page on the website:

Case Studies

Please find attached some case studies in relation to volunteering and COVID-19:

Useful Websites

For a full list of useful (COVID-19) websites: