Richmond upon Thames has an exceptional volunteering community and it is no surprise that community groups and residents across the borough are offering their support in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Please read this page to find out how you can support your neighbours and the community.
Businesses and residents are urged to help some of the borough's older and most vulnerable residents. Find out where to give donations.
Richmond Council has joined a London-wide campaign to drive much-needed support to food charities and local food hubs this winter.
The Covid Community Campaign will help to provide food and support to those struggling.
The campaign has been launched by Dame Louise Casey with London Councils, The Mayor of London and leading national food poverty charities The Trussell Trust, FareShare, Magic Breakfast and Social Bite also lending their support.
The coalition behind the campaign have set out to build upon the community spirit and compassion seen throughout this year in response to COVID-19 and are asking the public, businesses, community and faith groups to give what they can to the campaign fund to support fellow Londoners.
Money raised will be distributed amongst the campaign’s charity partners - The Trussell Trust, FareShare, Magic Breakfast and Social Bite - and 20% of proceeds will go to local charities in each participating Council’s area, including here in Richmond upon Thames.
Richmond Council works in partnership with the Richmond Council for Voluntary Service (Richmond CVS) which supports the many voluntary and community sector organisations in the borough on a day to day basis.
Thank you to all the residents who registered to volunteer at the start of the pandemic, it was an amazing response. More than 3,000 of you signed up with Richmond CVS and the majority of you were able to help in some way and about 1,000 people found a role in a local voluntary organisation. As the COVID-19 situation continues to be challenging and uncertain, there will potentially be a need for more volunteers.
If you are an individual, or business with staff who are interested in helping, we would encourage you to sign up with Richmond upon Thames’ official volunteering database with Richmond CVS. The Council, Richmond CVS and local voluntary organisations want to ensure support is delivered to the right people, at the right time and in the right way - we must also make sure that support is delivered safely.
We are aware of the many excellent groups that have formed in response to this pandemic. If you are such a group, please contact Richmond CVS, if you haven’t already, to make sure your activities ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who are most vulnerable during this time.
By registering through Richmond CVS, you will hear about volunteer opportunities to help with local groups. These roles may include:
Other ways of helping include:
If you are volunteering to help someone, please take the below steps to make sure you do not contribute to the spread of coronavirus. These include:
If you are a charity or voluntary organisation in need of volunteers, please contact Richmond CVS who can help place volunteers with you.
If you are a group in the borough who has been formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Richmond CVS to make sure you have the right processes in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who are most vulnerable during this time.
Up to: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: 17 December 2020