It’s heart-warming to see so many residents in Havering springing into action to support the community and we ask that you continue to look after your neighbours, friends and family. However we strongly advise that anyone who wishes to offer their time to support a wider network of individuals across Havering, please do so by using a registered charity, community/faith group or Volunteer Centre.
Many spontaneous volunteering groups have formalised across the UK and we must stress caution when engaging with them. Due diligence checks are not of the same standard and there are safeguarding concerns for those volunteering, as well as those receiving support.
For example, Havering Volunteer Centre is a licensed and accredited Volunteer Centre who is the only organisation within Havering who can operate as a Volunteer Centre. We have strict protocols, years of experience and policies in place that ensure that volunteers are recruited, trained and treated in the appropriate way. The experience we hold means that we have the capacity to correctly ensure that the coordination of support is done via the correct channels to safeguard the individual and the person receiving support.
HVC are also adhering to London Borough of Havering’s resilience plan and are mobilising accordingly in line with them and our own protocols.
Please also note that HVC and other VCS groups are supporting members of the community who are self-isolating and can offer assistance in the following areas:
- Social telephone contact
- Light shopping
- Collection of medication
- Dog walking
We wish you well and of course extend our offer of support to you also.
Centre Operations Manager
Havering Volunteer Centre
Community Reach House l 32-34 The High Street l Romford l RM1 1HR
l www.haveringvc.org.uk l 01708 922214
Twitter & Facebook @Havering_VC
Havering Volunteer Centre: Registered Charity No. 1165759