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Helping people isolating or in need during COVID-19

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. If you are fit and well with no symptoms there are some things that you can do to help the fight against coronavirus and support people that are isolating at home. Details of some ways to help and how to do this safely are below.


We're updating the information on this page as frequently as possible however things are changing rapidly as the situation continues to develop and availability of the services, information and resources may change.

Official Government Advice

Coronavirus: How to help safely

Official Government advice issued by The Cabinet Office setting out how you can safely help others during the coronavirus outbreak.


NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this the NHS needs an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.


Volunteering in Leicestershire during the coronavirus pandemic

VAL - COVID 19 (coronavirus) Support Volunteers

Information from Voluntary Action Leicestershire for people who wish to volunteer to help others in Leicestershire during the current crisis.


Guidance and resources for charities and voluntary organisations

NCVO - Coronavirus Guidance

NCVO guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic including information to help you decide what steps you and your organisation need to take.

Voluntary Action Leicestershire

Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) is collating and providing information and support to help charities, voluntary and community organisations through the pandemic. 


Funding available to support communities through the outbreak

VAL - Funding for charities during COVID-19

Funding opportunities, advice and guidance for voluntary sector organisations during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Community Foundation - Coronavirus Support Fund

The Coronavirus Support Fund is a new fund to help those who live and work locally and who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. The fund is open to constituted charitable and community organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, working with local people facing the most hardship in the pandemic.

Charities Aid Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help charities to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.


Other useful links and resources

Leicestershire Communities - Coronavirus information

Leicestershire County Council has created a page on it's Leicestershire Communities website providing links to information and resources relevant to the coronavirus outbreak.