Online platform will bring together information and point people towards where and how they can provide support
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A new ‘Scotland Cares’ online campaign has been launched as part of efforts to get people to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic.
People who are healthy and not part of an at-risk group can volunteer to provide practical or emotional help to those most in need, with a new Ready Scotland website launched to provide information.
The site will direct returning NHS workers to existing voluntary arrangements in NHS Scotland, coordinate those wishing to offer support to public services through the British Red Cross and also provide information to people looking to volunteer with other charities or community groups in their area.
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Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above) said: “We know there are a huge number of people who are already volunteering and many more with a desire to help their communities, public services and voluntary organisations. And for that we are incredibly grateful. This site means that those who are able to can contribute in a way which makes a real difference. It helps people to help each other, as we all get through this together.”
Volunteers should visit www.ReadyScotland.org to find out how they can help.
The website is being constantly updated and provides advice on volunteering safely and the organisations to register an interest with such as Volunteer Scotland and the Red Cross.
Businesses who can offer support should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In line with Scotland’s current stay-at-home rules, the public can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving their home, once a day, if they are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.
Please check the latest advice at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.