We are all mindful of the impact Covid-19 has had on the voluntary sector. As things have been opening up locally, we do still need to be mindful of social distancing. However, here’s the government updates on volunteering in Cornwall.

Volunteering in Cornwall: step 2 of the roadmap

Coronavirus restrictions have eased on Step 2 of the government’s Roadmap since 12 April. As volunteers, you are exempt from some of these.

  • Groups of volunteers of any size can meet while volunteering. This may be either indoors or outdoors for activities necessary for your volunteering role. This includes training and sorting.
  • Volunteering roles which cannot be done from home can continue. The venue may be closed to the public, but it can open for volunteering in Cornwall.
  • Community centres, libraries and other community spaces have been used for specific purposes. This can continue to support volunteers.
  • Even hotels and B&Bs, which should be closed to the public until May, can open for volunteering in Cornwall.

As volunteers, you should be mindful to observe social distancing guidance while volunteering. If you need to travel to volunteer or while volunteering, please adhere to the safer travel guidance.

There is plenty of GOV.UK guidance setting out how you can do your volunteering safely. Specific guidance for volunteers and for organisations/groups  is regularly updated.

Rapid testing weekly

Rapid tests are available for all, even without symptoms. These are

  • Order to your home via the GOV.UK website
  • Volunteer organisation or workplace testing
  • Community testing. Cornwall Council has details of this locally
  • On-site testing in local schools and colleges
  • Collect your tests from local pharmacies
  • Collect your tests at a local PCR test site. these are identified through the GOV.UK website

Currently the advice for volunteering is advice is volunteers should be tested twice a week, if the work involves leaving the home.

Fundraising

The changes to restrictions mean volunteers can go out to do door-to-door, street and private site fundraising. Guidance for doing this safely was published by The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising.