Welcome to Hope's volunteering pages for us to support the local community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here you will find opportunities to volunteer your skills and help the various active initiatives.
These pages will be updated regularly so please keep checking back.
When volunteering please remember to look after yourself and follow NHS and Government advice. Choose the opporunities that you are comfortable undertaking.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations offer the following guidance for keeping safe when supporting others:
- Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
- Stay at least two metres - about three steps - away from people you’re helping.
- Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
- Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
- Don’t take on too much - it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.
- If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
FAQ's relating to the current situation and sokme useful links and guidance can be foundon the University's Coronavirus web page.
If you would like to contact us about any of our projects, let us know of any opportunities or to suggest possible projects please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the photos of things we have been done here
Project of the Month
We do not currently have a project scheduled due to the summer but we will be re visiting this in the new academic year.
What have our staff been doing to help?
Some of our staff have been helping out their local community outside the initatives we have operated.
Karen Wilson in Systems Development has been volunteering with a local foodbacnk during lockdown. Here is Karen's story:
'My HOD obtained consent for me to work at Wavertree Food Bank on Wednesday mornings, and I've been doing this since April. St Mary's has opened its doors for us to replace several South Liverpool Foodbanks that were closed at the onset of lockdown, and Wednesday morning was chosen to cover part of the week when no other Food Banks are open.
Due to social distancing measure, boxes and bags are pre-packed for either single or family groups, and we also give bread, vegetables, toiletries, and cat/dog food where needed.
People come a voucher issued by agencies - CAB, Housing Trusts, local MP etc. and as well as the voucher they are signposted/signed up to whichever support agencies can help them out of their current situation. The Food Bank gives enough for about a week, just to tide people over - it's not a regular weekly occurrence.
It has been particularly interesting to work alongside our local MP Paula Barker, and Councillor Angela Coleman (who was one of our guest speakers for LHU Women's Network this year). They and the rest of Paula's team are able to give advice and guidance, and to refer callers.
Many of my friends have donated to the Food Bank since hearing about my volunteering. You can donate at the larger supermarkets too, who will deliver the donations to the centre where packing and distribution takes place.