Chest, Heart and Stroke have recruited 4,007 volunteers for their new Kindness Volunteer role, many of whom are based in Glasgow.
Kindness volunteers can offer;
A friendly call
Picking up shopping
Other – e.g. help with dog walking.
How does it work?
Registrations are via the website: https://www.chss.org.uk/coronavirus/i-need-help
Registration received, a postcode search completed to identify potential volunteers nearby & fast track the application process;
In most cases 24hour- 48 hour match with a volunteer;
While this is happening the contact with the new service user is with the Volunteer line manager who is in a position to offer basic support over the first day or 2. This may include helping to identify an initial shopping delivery or prescription collection;
If a friendly call is the service being offered, the volunteer and service user will agree how often and when to call, usually once per week.