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Befriending, Support & Helplines

Virtual volunteering is volunteering that you can do remotely, i.e from home. Tasks usually need to be completed by using the internet or over the telephone. We have compiled a list of volunteering opportunities below that you can get involved with it. 

Befriending, Support & Helplines

Being There: Being There are recruiting volunteers to help provide support for people with cancer and other life limiting illness, who are also isolated due to the Covid 19 restrictions. They are looking for Telephone Support Volunteers to support clients who are in their own homes by providing regular friendly and supportive conversations via phone.

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CovidCall: CovidCall provides a free phone service for volunteers to provide local people in self-isolation with local advice and social contact. As a local volunteer, you can sign up for shifts to take calls.

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Dogs Trust: If you're in a position to do so, why not adopt a dog from the Manchester Rehoming Centre? For dogs that they know will thrive straight away in their new home, they are being matched with their new homes virtually and delivered contact-free. Their centres are currently closed and can only be visited by appointment at this current time.  

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Post Pals: Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. Send a cheerful card, letter, email, or even a little gift to the child via the address on their page.

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Red Cross: Could you provide emotional or practical support to somebody in need? Red Cross are looking for volunteers who can provide help to those who need it most through their National Support Line. You will provide support to those who may have been impacted by COVID-19 or another personal crisis. Some of those you will be helping will need emotional support as they are experiencing loneliness and isolation. Others may need help accessing their medication or food, or to be signposted to an external agency who can provide further support. Volunteers will generally be able to undertake a minimum of one shift (4.5 hours) per week.

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Shout: Shout are looking for crisis volunteers - volunteers answer the Shout text line and text back and forth until the person experiencing problems is feeling calmer. This role requires 25 hours of online training over a six-week period before you can volunteer. They are prioritising applicants who can volunteer after 8pm at night.

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Sporting Memories: Sporting Memories is an organisation dedicated to bringing together older adults to talk about and remember sport. They provide social and physical activities, too. At Sporting Memories Clubs, everyone finds fun, friendship and increased well-being. The older adults who go to their online or community-based Clubs may be isolated, or living with depression, dementia or other long-term conditions. They are looking for volunteers to facilitate their online sessions and also provide technical support.

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The Crisis Project: The Crisis Project is a campaign aimed to raise awareness and take action, harnessing the power of social media. Founded in 2020, The Crisis Project is fuelled entirely by emotion: compassion, kindness and courage. Volunteers can write letters to NHS key workers or care home residents.

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The Mix: If you are aged 18-25, you can get involved with online volunteering opportunities with The Mix. You can make a direct difference to the lives of young people, whether it’s through peer to peer support in their online community or one to one support online or via the phone. 

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W.E.L.Safe: W.E.L.Safe have set up a free online welfare service for Greater Manchester residents with a focus on 16-25 year olds. Volunteers are needed to support online on Friday and Saturday nights, 9pm-4am, when traditional services are unavailable.

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