Volunteer and support your community

For general guidance visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, advice and guidance.

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

There are lots of ways you can get involved to help people in your own community

National Volunteering Opportunities

National Volunteer Responder

The Royal Voluntary Service has partnered with the NHS to provide this community support service, which is offering support to people in England who are self-isolating because of specific health conditions or because they’re in a vulnerable group.

You will carry out simple, non-medical tasks – for instance, delivering groceries or medication to your home and wellbeing check-ins and phone calls, among others. Please note: recruitment to this scheme has been temporarily paused.

For updates visit the NHS website.


British Red Cross

You can sign up to become a Community Reserve Volunteer through the British Red Cross. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required, and quick training is provided at the scene.

For more information visit the Red Cross website.


Local Volunteering Opportunities

Healthwatch Telephone Buddy Service

Healthwatch North Lincolnshire have set up a Telephone Buddy Service aimed at reducing social isolation. The role involves pairing a telephone buddy volunteer with someone who is socially isolated and experiencing little or no social interaction.

If you would like to volunteer, please register your interest with Healthwatch North Lincolnshire.


North Lincolnshire Council

The council is working with community groups and charities to create a network of volunteers who can lend a hand in their neighbourhoods.

You can volunteer to help people with things like:

  • Collection and delivery of shopping
  • Collection and delivery of prescriptions
  • Handiwork and gardening (e.g. posting mail, taking out bins or recycling boxes)
  • Dog walking (and/or help with small animals)

If you want to support your community by volunteering in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are lots of ways for you to get involved across North Lincolnshire.

If you are interested in these roles, please register to volunteer.

Other opportunities

You can contact your local town or parish council to offer your support. Find your local town or parish council.

If you are interested in alternative volunteering roles or supporting a specific charity, visit the Do-it website. You can search for a role that fits your interests.

If you have a specific skillset, visit Reach Volunteering. The organisation can help match your skillset with a volunteering opportunity.

Other volunteering opportunities within the council and with our partners.


Get involved with social media

We are encouraging people to get involved on social media and share their voluntary work with the council and Scunthorpe Telegraph. Take a photograph and use the hashtag #DoOneThingNL to demonstrate how you are volunteering and supporting your local community.

I can’t volunteer- how else can I help?
There are plenty of ways you can support the community, even if you can’t commit to a voluntary role.

Donate food
You can donate food to your local food bank.
You can also donate items at collection points in your local supermarket.

Donate to charities
Charities need your support more than ever to ensure they can continue to deliver essential services. Fundraising is particularly difficult for charities right now, as lots of fundraising events have been cancelled and many people who volunteer may be staying at home. Any financial donations you can give to charities are incredibly valuable.

Play Lincs Lotto
There are over 130 local good causes you can support by playing Lincs Lotto. Lincs Lotto works like any other lottery- players buy tickets from just £1 a week and go in a draw to win cash prizes of up to £25,000.

Players can choose to support for their ticket to support a local good cause. The cause they choose to support gets to keep 50p of every £1 ticket sale. It is free for local good causes to sign up at www.lincslotto.co.uk.

Playing Lincs Lotto is an excellent way to safely support your local community and possibly win £25,000.

For more information please visit the Lincs Lotto website.

Share trusted information
It’s easy to become worried by online information, some of which may be deliberately designed to mislead people. Help your community by sharing trusted information from the NHS, Public Health England or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Follow national advice and guidance
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting Coronavirus (COVID-19), is to stay at home as much as possible and stay alert in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

For the most up to date information, advice and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the gov.uk website.

If you have a query about council services during this time, please make use of online guidance first and if you don’t find the information or support you need, complete the coronavirus support form.  Please only use our contact centre number if you really have to. This will help staff to prioritise supporting our most vulnerable residents and allocate your request.

01724 297000

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