I want to help people in my community who need support

There are many functions within the borough that would not be able to continue without the incredible people that give up their time to help people.

During the coronavirus pandemic, a huge number of Havering Heroes stepped up to help those in need within the borough.

They ensured the vulnerable members of our community didn’t go hungry or without vital medication, or that those isolating by themselves had a friendly voice to talk to when they were feeling lonely.

Their time often provided a lifeline for our community.

If you would like to join the Havering Heroes, then The Havering Volunteer Centre is a local charity that will help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity.

http://www.haveringvc.org.uk/volunteer/

There is also several national organisations looking for volunteers to help with their befriending services:

Age UK has a network of local Age UK groups across the country that have opportunities for you to become either an Active Buddy, who helps someone become more physically active, a Befriender, who visits someone who lives alone, or a day centre helper.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-in-your-community/

Community Network is looking for volunteers to run one-hour phone chat groups.

http://communitynetworkprojects.org/

Contact the Elderly is looking for call companions - volunteers who make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people. These calls provide a lifeline of friendship.

https://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/become-a-volunteer/

Independent Age will match you to an older person who you can call regularly for a chat.

https://www.independentage.org/

Help at Havering’s Vaccination Sites

We urgently need 200 Havering Heroes to support the safe and smooth running of vaccination sites at Raphael House, Pettits Lane and Hornchurch Library from 18 January 2021.

The volunteer roles are:

Guide elderly residents to the entry point of either Raphael House, Pettits Lane and Hornchurch Library

Remind folk to keep socially-distanced and to wear face masks

Support flow through the buildings

Observe people who have been vaccinated for the customary 15 minutes

Support residents to exit the building safely

There are 3 ways to volunteer:

Register your details and availability on Havering Community Hub Havering Volunteer App

Contact Havering Volunteer Centre via email (volunteering@haveringvc.org.uk) or phone (01708 922214)

If you already volunteer for a local charity, contact, tell them you want to help with the vaccination sites

Once you have registered your interest, a vaccination site coordinator will be in touch with you.

The Havering Volunteer Centre is a local charity that will help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity.

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