NHS and Care Volunteer Responders
NHS and Care Volunteer Responders is a flexible volunteering programme supporting the NHS and adult social care across England.
The programme is in an exciting new phase and continues to evolve with new services being introduced. Our enthusiastic volunteers take on a range of activities to support the NHS and people drawing on social care. We're working with the NHS and care providers to make sure the activities provide the maximum benefit to those who need support.
Health and care teams can refer people for Check In and Chat and Check In and Chat Plus friendly telephone calls. They can also request Pick Up and Deliver support (formerly NHS Transport) with the delivery of medication and supplies and Steward Volunteers at vaccination sites.
Cost of living support
If you're struggling with increased food and energy bills, you are not alone. We have listed several organisations that can help and support you during this challenging time. There is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives.
Are you living with a long-term health condition?
Would you like to achieve a better quality of life? Why not sign up for a free 4-week half-day workshop: My Health, My Way. Find new ways to manage your life in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere or develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage the challenges you face. Set and achieve your own goals, meet others, share experiences, and learn new coping strategies.
Could you support people in Plymouth?
The British Red Cross are asking you to give just a few hours of your time each week. You could be helping people settle back into their home after a hospital stay, shopping or popping around for a cup of tea and a chat. Whatever you can do to help, it will make a big difference.
Work in Plymouth Adult Social Care
Working in adult social care, you make a difference to people's lives every single day, and they'll make a difference to yours too. The jobs are not just an emotionally rewarding but it's one of the most varied too. Working with a range of people with different care needs means every day is different to the next. There are many entry-level roles in adult social care, all of them offering on-the-job training to help you develop your skills and confidence whilst you work.
Refuge4Pets needs your help
Refuge4Pets in an incredible service serving Devon and Cornwall that provide foster care to pets of victims of domestic abuse, so that someone can flee without fear of harm to the animal. Currently, the charity is particularly looking for people who can take cats and keep cats inside for the duration of their stay in foster care, people who can take large breed dogs and people who can take dogs that need to be the only animal in the home.
Plymouth short-term care centre
A new short-term care centre to help people recover from illness and ensure they don't spend longer than necessary in hospital, is now open. The newly refurbished short term care centre, which is being run by Livewell Southwest and Age UK Plymouth, has 24 en-suite bedrooms to provide a safe place for patients to stay after they have been in hospital.
Free childcare places
Families earning less than £16,190, with a two-year-old, could get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week at a day nursery, pre-school, childminder or in some school's nursery class. You can now apply for Two-Year-Old funding (locally known as Me2) directly via the Citizen's Portal.
Use NHS 111
If you have an urgent but not-life-threatening medical need, make sure you visit NHS 111 online first rather than going straight to A&E. NHS 111 online will help you right away and ,if needed, a healthcare professional will call you. NHS 111 online makes it easier for patients to get the treatment they need in the right place.
Your NHS Number
The Find Your NHS Number service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. This service can also be used on behalf of someone else, where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known. You can opt for the number to be sent to you by text, email, or letter.
New Skills Launchpad Plymouth service
Skills Launchpad Plymouth offers a virtual one-stop-shop FREE skills service to help our people equip themselves with the skills and confidence they will need to play a part in our city's future, supporting those who are facing redundancy through the new Adult Hub, and offering targeted support for our young people through the new Youth Hub.
How to create a page
Creating a page on the Plymouth Online Directory is free, really simple and only takes a few minutes. Your business, organisation or charity does amazing things and we want to support you. Content that is updated regularly will appear higher up the search listings and more people will get to know about your business.