Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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You can volunteer during coronavirus (COVID-19) with an organisation or group. You can also help people in your local area by doing things like picking up shopping or medicines.

You may be able to volunteer:

  • from home
  • from outside your home
  • in a workplace

This guidance is for volunteers in England. There’s different guidance on:

If you run an organisation or group, or manage volunteers, find out how to involve volunteers safely.

Where you can volunteer

You should volunteer from home where possible.

Follow guidance on volunteering with other people if you have to volunteer outside your home. Do not leave home if:

If you’re volunteering in a workplace, it should follow working safely during coronavirus guidance.

If you’re at high risk from coronavirus

You can volunteer outside your home, if you’re at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), but you should take extra steps to protect yourself. For example, reduce:

  • your social interactions
  • the time you spend in places where you cannot social distance

If you have coronavirus symptoms

Do not volunteer outside your home if you have coronavirus symptoms or if you’ve tested positive for coronavirus.

You must self-isolate from the date you started having symptoms or from the day you tested positive and for the next 10 full days - whichever is the latest.

If you’re self-isolating your volunteer organisation should not ask you to leave home.

If you need to travel as a volunteer

Find out how to travel safely if you’re volunteering in England.

Check coronavirus guidance in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland before you travel, if you need to volunteer in one of these countries.

You can volunteer abroad if: