We understand that some members will want to do more to support their communities. We’re therefore signposting other organisations calling for volunteers or asking for other kinds of support.
However, we know that everyone’s situation is different and we all have different responsibilities. You may be a key worker, for example, or supporting your family, and have little extra time. You may be struggling through illness yourself. No one should feel any pressure therefore to offer extra support in this way and the safety of you and your family must always come first.
Please note that you will be signing up these organisations as an individual rather than as Scouts. It’s important to know that your usual Scout insurance doesn’t cover activities you do in a personal capacity. Please therefore make sure you know what the terms of engagement are before you sign up or register for opportunities. Also make sure you read government advice on how to help safely. There is also specialist advice available for NI, Scotland, Wales, Jersey and Guernsey.
Here’s how you can help:
- Donate food. The Trussell Trust is asking for donations to foodbanks at supermarkets. Here’s a list of things that are urgently needed: UHT milk, tinned fish or meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned spaghetti, long-life juice, pasta sauce, soup, tea and coffee, pasta, rice, noodles, beans, cereal, rice pudding, custard and biscuits.
- Give blood. Giving blood is more important now than ever. Find out how.
- Become a NHS Volunteer Responder. This is a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. Please note that recruitment is currently closed due to the phenomenal initial response. Thank you to all of you who have supported this scheme so far.
- Help older people. Find out ways you can help older people during the coronavirus crisis by following this advice from Age UK.
- Volunteer for St John Ambulance. Our friends at St John Ambulance are looking for logistics and volunteer manager support as well as frontline line clinical/first aid support.
- Support British Red Cross. Here’s how you can share your kindness with those who need it most.
A note on insurance
We recognise that as Scouts many of you will want to do all you can to support communities and critical organisations like the NHS. However, our insurance policies are based on standard Scout activities rather than these exceptional ones. Therefore, if you do decide to help out in your communities, then thank you, but you'll need to do so in a personal capacity.
If any outside organisation wants to use your premises, such as your Scout hall, they'll have to accept full liability both for property damage and any bodily injury claims which may occur during the time they occupy and operate out of it. We strongly recommend you keep a copy of the third party's Public Liability certificate for your records. Your management team will also need to work with the organisation concerned and conduct relevant risk assessments etc., show them how to set alarms/lock up at the end of the night and any other guidance that you would normally provide. Please also remember to follow the Government's advice on safety and social distancing.