Public safety and protecting vulnerable people is a top priority of government. Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the most vulnerable in our society and will play a crucial role in the response to coronavirus.  This is especially true in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, where many may find themselves without their usual support networks.

Volunteers responding to the current pandemic may be required to support in many ways including supporting people in emotional distress or working in environments which may place volunteers at higher risk. Some of these tasks may cause emotional distress for the volunteers. There are various support options available for volunteers:

For resources for professionals and volunteers in Gloucestershire visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19-information-and-advice/advice-on-covid-19/looking-after-your-wellbeing/resources-for-professionals-and-volunteers. This includes:

  • Training videos providing a basic introduction to mental health and Psychological First Aid
  • A script/conversational guide to help those who are supporting vulnerable people or people in emotional distress
  • A signposting document which lists countywide mental health services and which groups they are appropriate for

 Public Health England’s Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module for all frontline and essential workers and volunteers training module aims to increase awareness of how to support the wellbeing of people affected by COVID-19.

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