NHS Volunteer Responders programme - 3 useful tips for the VCS


The NHS Volunteer Responders (NHS VR) programme was set up by NHS England and Royal Voluntary Service to support flexible, app-based volunteering in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

Here are 3 facts about the NHS VR programme that you might find helpful to know:

1.   Charities and other Voluntary and Community Sector (VCSE) organisations can become approved referrers, so that they can make referrals on behalf of their clients/members. You can request to become an approved referrer by emailing: england.COVID-communities@nhs.net.

2.   Individuals can refer themselves for support from the NHS VR programme - so if you have a service user who urgently needs support, and you are unable to help them, you could signpost them to the programme's helpline: 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).

3.   Being an NHS Volunteer Responder does not stop someone from helping other organisations. The NHS VR programme allows VCSE organisations to also promote their local Covid-19 related volunteering opportunities via their platform (which will mean their registered volunteers will be sent details about the opportunity in their fortnightly communications). For further details and to request your volunteering opportunity is promoted, you can contact the NHS VR team by email: nhsvrpartners@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is designed to complement any local offers already in place rather than replace them. In the new year, Medway Voluntary Action will work with the NHS VR programme team to help ensure our local systems can work in synergy with their programme to help make the best use of resources to support local people. If you have any thoughts about this and would like to be involved in these conversations, please contact MVA by email: info@mva.org.uk or phone: 01634 812850.



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