Supporting the Government's drive to ensure widespread testing for Covid-19, Hull City Council have set up 3 sites to provide lateral flow test provision. They are reaching out to the Voluntary Sector and its incredible volunteers to play a part in supporting many of our most vulnerable to ensure swift testing allows our key workers to continue to undertake their vital roles within the city.
About Lateral Flow Testing
Around 1 in 3 individuals with COVID-19 do not display symptoms. Opening testing up to catch those showing no symptoms will help to find positive cases earlier and to break hidden chains of transmission.
Lateral flow testing (LTD) is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus.
The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes. Those who test positive must immediately self-isolate to avoid passing the virus on to others.
Lateral flow testing is currently being offered to people who do not have symptoms, in a range of different settings such as schools, leisure centres and workplaces.
Working at 3 key sites across the city, directed by the volunteer lead on site, we are looking to our communities to step forward and help us ensure that each person’s visit for their lateral flow test is provided with care and compassion.
We believe the key to the success of the Lateral Flow Testing plan is the contact with each individual arriving and leaving the site. Hull City Council staff and volunteers will be working extremely hard to support as many people as possible to receive their test safely.
Given the absolute priority to roll out the Lateral Flow Testing programme as quickly and effectively as possible, we are making this call to the Voluntary sector and its amazing volunteers to play a part in making people feel welcomed with compassion, and supported through the experience.
Lateral Flow Testing Volunteer role requirements:
This request is for volunteers to work at 3 key sites across the city to provide the best experience for our residents attending for a Lateral Flow Test. Alongside Hull City Council staff, volunteers will play a vital role in any or all of the following:
When are volunteers needed?
How to Apply
A brief expression of interest form must be completed via our Volunteer Your Way portal - click here
On completion, suitable applicants will be able to select their weekly sessions.
For further information please contact the The Volunteering Team email@example.com
Each volunteer will receive:
What each volunteer will need to have with them:
• Warm clothing
• Comfortable shoes as you will be mobile for the period of the volunteering.
FAQ’s for volunteers:
• We anticipate the shifts to be around 4/4.5 hours
• You will register on arrival with the site lead
• You will wear a hi-vis vest to identify as a Smile volunteer which should be returned at the end of your shift
• The hi-viz vest will be isolated for 72 hours before and after your shift to ensure no cross-contamination
• You will be expected to wear PPE which is provided and work within the secure COVID environment following the site’s health and safety guidance
• Your first shift will include a site briefing from the site lead – helping you to answer questions that will come up on your shift
• You will help make an individual feel safe, that they are contributing to a more resilient community, and a faster route to normality in 2021
• You will help to ensure people leave and clear the area / entrance swiftly but with care and compassion as the volume of people coming through will be fast paced
• You may need to support individuals with additional needs, ensuring access to seating or wheelchairs, or helping older residents to understand the process from arrival to departure
• On finishing your shift you will need to sign out with the site lead
What a volunteer will not be asked to do
• Put yourself at risk (you will have access to appropriate PPE at all times and you will be expected to wear a face mask whilst volunteering in and outside of the premises)
• Transport any patient to or from the site
You will be able to claim expenses for travel to and from your local site.
This can be reclaimed within ten working days of volunteering from HEY Smile: An expenses form will be provided to each registered volunteer. To claim expenses you must have signed in and out on the day of your shift.