We can achieve more together
Like people all over the country, we have been responding to the coronavirus as best as we can. But it’s our belief that we can achieve more together.
We’re asking for volunteers to be a part of the Winch Community Hub. We’re looking for volunteers who can:
- Pick up and deliver food and medicines for people who cannot leave the house
- Pack food parcels and care packages at The Winch
- Make a weekly phone call to an isolated person, offering a friendly chat and check-in
We are prioritising volunteers with up-to-date enhanced DBS checks, in the first instance. If you do not have an enhanced DBS check, please complete the registration form. We may be able to help you through the DBS application process.
Why we have set up The Hub
We don’t fully know all the effects the coronavirus will have on our communities, but we do know that it’s a challenge that must be faced together.
There are persistent injustices, which make it far harder for everyone to adapt equally to life in lockdown. We believe everyone should have the help they need.
The next few months are going to be tough, and we will need each other’s support more than ever. Please stand with us and back our work.
Be a part of The Hub
Who can volunteer for The Hub?
Anyone. For food and medicine deliveries, we are prioritising volunteers who:
- Live locally
- Have an up-to-date enhanced DBS check
- Have no underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma
If you do not think you meet these criteria, there are still opportunities for you to help The Hub. For example, you could make weekly one-to-one phone calls to isolated people. In a time of physical distancing and self-isolation, a friendly voice to talk to is more important than ever.
What happens after I complete the registration form?
Jade, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch within 48 hours to discuss volunteering, training, and your DBS check. After that, you will be invited to the appropriate training.
What training do volunteers receive?
Volunteers will be trained in the skills which are required for their role. This may include:
- Working safely and maintaining physical distance
- How to use personal protective equipment
- How to have one-to-one befriending calls
I have food or other items I’d like to donate to The Hub – can you take them?
We’re not set up to take donations of food or household items. However, many local partners welcome food donations.
If you have food you would like to contribute we would encourage you to support The Trussell Trust network of food banks, who have donations points in Chalk Farm and Camden, or email Life After Hummus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the time commitment?
We do not know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last, but we are planning for The Hub to stay open until the end of July. Therefore, we are asking for volunteers who can commit for three-to-four months.
Can I talk to someone about being a volunteer?
You can contact Jade, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 07540 512799.
The line is open from 9am-5pm on weekdays. If you cannot get through, please click HERE and complete the form, and include any questions for the volunteer coordinator at the end of the form.
How will you use my personal information?
We will only use your personal information to arrange your volunteering. If you volunteer for deliveries, we will share your name and contact details with the people you are delivering to. If you volunteer for befriending calls, we will share your name with the people you are checking in with.