The British Red Cross has developed a new step-by-step guide for anyone responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
The free online guidance aims to help local charities, mutual aid groups and individuals to support people in their communities safely.
The guidance has been developed with experts in emergency and crisis response.
Simon Lewis, head of crisis response at British Red Cross, said: “An incredible number of people have stepped forward to support their community in the face of this crisis. As experts in emergency response we felt it important to make this information available to anyone lending a hand during this unprecedented time.
“Individuals and small local organisations are often the first to spring into action during a crisis like this. Whether you’ve been deployed by a charity or are simply doing some shopping for your neighbour, this course will tell you what you need to know to look after yourself and others. We’d urge anyone responding to this crisis to give it a go.”
The training takes around 30 minutes and will be regularly updated to reflect the latest situation and advice from government.
Shaun Delaney, volunteering development manager at NCVO, said: “This is a really simple and practical way for people to build their confidence in supporting others, and for organisations to help make sure their volunteers know what they need to about safeguarding and safety. I’d recommend it to any charity or group working with the public right now.”
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