# All the latest news from Kent Volunteers

Volunteer NHS Responders Still Needed

1 January 2021

With the health service working hard to meet the combined challenge of winter pressures and the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19), the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme will continue until at least March 2021.

The roles available are:

  • Steward Volunteer (COVID-19 vaccinations): Guide people on-site to make sure the vaccination process runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
  • Community Response Volunteer: Collect and deliver shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating.
  • Community Response Plus Volunteer: Collect and deliver shopping, medication or other essential supplies for patients with cognitive impairments and/or significant vulnerabilities.
  • Patient Transport Volunteer: Provide transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge or transport patients to medical appointments.
  • NHS Transport Volunteer: transport equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites. This may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
  • Check In and Chat Volunteer: Provide short term telephone support for people who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.
  • Check In and Chat Plus Volunteer: Provide a regular check-in by telephone support to the same person for a duration of 10 weeks, with 3 calls taking place each week.

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St John Ambulance Leading The Way for Vaccine Volunteer

21 December 2020

St John Ambulance is currently working through the charity’s existing networks to sign up vaccination volunteers – they are not opening recruitment to members of the public more widely at this stage.

In the meantime, members of the public who are able to support their neighbours and the NHS through a number of roles – including food or medication deliveries, lifts to medical appointments or ‘check-in and chat’ phone calls – can do so through the NHS Volunteer Responder programme.

NHS Volunteer Responder will have further roles available supporting the COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the future.

More details on: NHS England Website

Kent Together

7 December 2020

A 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service.