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Volunteering opportunities this week

This week's opportunites are set out below. Volunteering in locations that are Covid-protected, in roles that cannot be done from home, is allowed under the lockdown but please only consider roles that are close to home that you can travel to safely. Please read the government guidelines; you must stay home unless the listed exceptionsa pply - which includes volunteering.

Rapid testing for Covid-19 if you have no symptoms

Around one in three people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms, but they can still pass it on. You can get a quick free test at a local site in Lambeth to check if you have Covid-19, with results usually returned to you within an hour. 

Get healthy!

Use the lockdown to get healthy - you won't be alone. An England-wide survey of over 5,000 adults found that 80% of people aged over 18 have made the decision to change their lifestyle in 2021, with seven in 10 adults saying that they are motivated to make healthier lifestyle changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

National Lockdown - Stay at Home and what you can and cannot do

England has moved into a national lockdown because Covid-19 cases are continuing to rise rapidly across the country and urgent action is being taken to save lives and protect the National Health Service. The Stay at Home requirement has been reinforced; you must stay in the local area for the few purposes for which you are permitted to go out. You should read the government advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus to understand what you can and cannot do whilst we live under this national lockdown as there are some differences from previous arrangements.

Volunteering opportunities this week

This week there are volunteering opportunities with Lambeth Education, AgeUK and the Bright Morning Star Prisons and Homeless Outreach. Even under Tier 4, volunteering safely is allowed - more information is available from https://www.gov.uk/volunteering/coronavirus-volunteering - and the volunteer co-ordinators for the roles below all confirm that volunteers will be in settings that meet coronavirus safety standards and will adapt to all or any further restrictions as needed.


Today, temperatures in London have continued below freezing, and the Mayor of London has written on his passion about ending homelessness in our city. He says: 

Lambeth remains in Tier 4

The Government update on Covid-19 yesterday (30 December) confirmed no change to Lambeth's Tier 4 status.
It is now more important than ever we play our part and prevent the virus spreading.
What does that mean?

Christmas Tree collections

Lambeth Council is collecting real Christmas trees for recycling for free; they can be put out for collection from 4 January 2021.

Kickstart scheme: young persons paid work experience

The Government's Kickstart programme is designed to help young people (16-24) who are currently on universal credit to develop the skills and experience they need to find work, through valuable six month job placements.

Community Christmas

This Christmas Norwood Forum distributed 250 gift boxes to nine voluntary groups supporting elderly, disabled and youth causes. 

One recipient commented “What an amazing surprise, thank you. Your thoughtfulness has made my day."