Individuals wishing to volunteer can either engage with informal mutual aid and community volunteering networks and/or sign up to volunteer more formally in a role with an organisation.
Mutual aid/community circles/informal volunteering
Many neighbours have already undertaken to assist and support one another in a very small locality. In most cases, this means that the people involved already know each other, to some extent. No-one should be placed under pressure to participate.
Postcards or leaflets pushed though letterboxes have been used to re-introduce neighbours and suggest how they might help and support one another: from simply keeping in contact through phone calls, to dropping off shopping on the doorstep, etc. whilst maintaining social distance.
Details may be found on social media links such as WhatsApp and local groups on Facebook, etc.
Joining an existing volunteer organisation
Volunteers should expect to be asked to sign up to a code of conduct required by the organisation.
All volunteers can be asked about their unspent convictions (those for which the rehabilitation period has not yet ended (see information here: Unlock)) but only as a matter of good practice. This is the same as a DBS basic check but could be a matter of filling in a simple online form.
Some other volunteer roles may require enhanced DBS checks DBS checks but as these are for roles with contact with the people who are most at risk of conventional safeguarding issues, there will be fewer such opportunities. Roles requiring enhanced DBS checks should be clearly stated on the information.