Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Overview

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.

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 can volunteer:

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

If you’re volunteering in a workplace or someone else’s home, you should follow guidance on working safely during COVID-19.

If you’re at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, follow your doctor’s advice and the COVID-19 stay safe guidance when volunteering.

If you or someone you know has COVID-19 or the symptoms

You must not volunteer outside your home if you’ve:

  • tested positive for COVID-19
  • been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. Take a PCR test as soon as possible. If the test is positive, continue to self-isolate.

The self-isolation rules are different if:

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

Volunteering at public venues and events

If you’re 18 or over and want to volunteer at some venues or events, you’ll need one of the following, unless you’re exempt:

You do not need to do this if you do not have contact with the public at the venue or event.

If you need to travel as a volunteer

There are no restrictions on travel within England. There are however still steps you can take to stay safe and protect others while travelling.

There may be travel restrictions in other parts of the UK, check the:

Before volunteering abroad, you should check:

If you’re claiming benefits

You can volunteer during COVID-19 and still receive your benefits, as long as you continue to meet the conditions of your benefit.

Read more about volunteering and claiming benefits.