During this emergency we need your help and support.
Every day volunteers from across Oldham provide vital services for local people.
But with the virus affecting many people, including these volunteers, we need extra help right now.
We are working with Action Together who are the volunteer co-ordinators for Oldham.
There are many ways you can help out
Be a good neighbour
Let your neighbour know you can help with errands such as shopping for them.
You can do this by posting a simple card:
- Viral kindness volunteering card - (.pdf)
Protect yourself and others from sickness
Donate to the Foodbank
Many people across our community need emergency food support.
You can help by donating an extra item on your weekly shop.
Details of what is needed and where the drop off locations are on the Oldham Foodback website
- Give help donate food - Oldham Foodbank website
Volunteer your time in this emergency
Sign up with Action Together and they will identify opportunities for you in your area.
This is for things like helping at a foodbank during the emergency.
- Search for volunteer opportunities - Action Together website
Set up or support a local group
Why not get together with other local people to run errands to the shops for people who are self-isolating, post mail on their behalf or provide a friendly voice of reassurance on the telephone?
Many groups are being established or why not set up your own one?
Covid Mutual Aid UK
Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak in the UK.
For any other donations you think might be useful please contact email@example.com
Are you a community and voluntary organisation?
Action Together has information for community and voluntary organisations:
- COVID-19 Guidance - Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside - Action Togther website
The Government has advice for organising volunteers in emergencies
- Planning the coordination of spontaneous volunteers in emergencies (.pdf) - GOV.UK website
Donations of Protective Equipment
We are asking for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by front-line health and social care staff who are delivering essential services across the borough.
Items such as disposable aprons, latex or Nitrell gloves, face masks, hand sanitiser and eye protection would be appreciated.
Tell us what you can donate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Oldham Council is doing everything it can to support front line staff, this matter is one of our highest priorities.
Thank you, your help in this difficult time is really appreciated.