Coronavirus/Covid-19 – how can you help?

Volunteering to support your community

We understand that choosing to volunteer may not be a priority for you right now and being healthy, and keeping loved ones safe, will unquestionably be your immediate concern. However, we are increasingly aware of how much people are looking for ways to support and contribute to their communities during this unprecedented situation. We’d therefore like to share the following information, which may be of interest should you choose to consider voluntarily supporting your own community wherever you are in the UK.

A note about placement modules

Some students in USW use volunteering to meet requirements for placement modules and those students have been asked to cease volunteering activity as part of our duty of care.

We’d like to stress that the information on this site has been provided for those students who would like to support their communities outside of their studies and in their own personal time

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Only volunteer if you can do so safely

In relation to all of the information below we strongly recommend you follow the advice provided by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and the UK Government and do not take any undue risks with your personal health. 

The WCVA recommend identifying Covid-19 voluntary vacancies across Wales through your local County Voluntary Council (CVC) and Volunteering Wales websites.

Volunteering opportunities in all other parts of the UK can be found on: 

A number of organisations have also contacted USW to inform us of current volunteer opportunities directly related to the Covid-19 crisis. Please click on the organisation name below to check their websites or follow instructions provided: 

  • Innovate Trust support disabled adults to live independently within Cardiff, RCT and the Vale of Glamorgan. They support over 270 adults, predominantly with learning disabilities and currently have opportunities for Support Workers.

  • Neath Port Talbot CVS support the most vulnerable people within Neath Port Talbot who are self-isolating for health reasons during the pandemic.

  • Kaleidoscope are interested in speaking to anyone who would be interested in helping at their substance misuse services in Cardiff, Newport or Bridgend – either on the front line or helping to deliver medication to vulnerable clients that are self-isolating. Please email emma.o' for more information.

  • Gavo are currently recruiting volunteers for the various organisations providing community care during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are inviting all volunteers to register their details with them here

  • Fareshare Cymru are looking for volunteers to help with the collection/distribution of food to community groups.

  • The community in Grangetown Cardiff have shared the following information for anyone interested in offering their help.

To offer help in your own area you may also find information on Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook pages.

We fully appreciate that not everyone is in a position to volunteer and that you may wish to consider many of the paid opportunities currently being advertised to fill critical areas of work across a range of sectors. You can find these advertised on key job search sites like Find a job, Indeed or NHS jobs

Many recruitment agencies are also co-ordinating critical vacancy recruitment in order to respond to immediate and urgent staffing needs. For example, Acorn are acting on behalf of a number of NHS Health Boards in Wales and England and have released the following statement with regards their vacancies. 

‘The jobs may not be what people are used to doing but it is immediate paid work (and with standard overtime rates applied), and they would be contributing to the huge effort t required to bring some urgent support to our front-line services. People available and interested in working should go to or email

You may also wish to search Google or for “recruitment agencies” covering other sectors