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You can help friends, family and neighbours by offering support in lots of different ways. That might be in practical support such as helping with shopping for essential supplies, or providing emotional support. Check our advice page on how to do this safely.

If you are interested in more formal volunteering: 

  • Contact and register with your local volunteer centre or search for opportunities through Volunteer Scotland
  • Search for Reserve Volunteer opportunities through the British Red Cross, or go directly to the volunteer responder organisation that interests you and match your skills and experience

Supporting Covid 19 vaccination activities

The Covid19 Vaccination Deployment Plan is being led at a local level by NHS Boards. Each Board decides how to deliver the programme in their area, including the types of support they might need from volunteers. 

Scotland has a substantial volunteer base which the NHS can draw upon as well as their own volunteers and local arrangements with specialist volunteer groups. If any NHS Board needs to recruit extra volunteers or clinical staff to match their local needs then you can find out more here or search for vacancies on NHS Scotland national recruitment portal.

If you have other types of support you want to offer such as premises, logistics or innovative products and solutions, there is guidance here on how to do that. 

Helpful Ways for Brighter Days

The Helpful Ways for Brighter Days activity shines a light on ways to give support in the community. It offers advice on opportunities to help out through a range of charities and organisations across Scotland, all pitching in to help people in need during these challenging times. The initiative is part of Scottish Government’s Clear Your Head mental health campaign.

If you’re looking for some additional support for you or someone you know, plenty of help is available in Scotland. Find out how to get help

Meal Makers

Meal Makers is a food-sharing project connecting people who love cooking and are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food with an older neighbour who would love a freshly prepared meal and a friendly chat. Meal Makers strengthens communities and provides a flexible way to volunteer your time and skills

Tech Connection Network

The Tech Connection Network connects individuals supported by Scotland’s care services with their loved ones. By donating an unused or unwanted device, you can help those receiving care across Scotland maintain invaluable face-to-face communication with their nearest and dearest. Find out how to donate a device


Maggie’s offers the best possible support free to anyone with cancer and their families – by phone, email, online and through eight centres across Scotland. There are many ways to volunteer your time to help Maggie’s continue to support people with cancer.


Projectability is a visual arts charity supporting people with disabilities and experience of mental ill-health to express themselves and achieve their artistic potential. From ordering original art, donating materials, and volunteering, there are many ways to show your support.


Erskine provides unrivaled support to Veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veterans Village, comprising of 44 cottages, an Activity Centre, five Assisted Living Apartments and 24 Single Living Apartments (currently under construction). Find out about volunteering opportunities with Erskine.

MCR Pathways

MCR Pathways is a mentoring programme supporting young people throughout the country to realise their full potential through education. Volunteer Mentors from all walks of life can support a young person to find, grow and use their talents and progress onto positive post-school destinations. Find out about becoming a mentor.


Home-Start is a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. By volunteering as a Digital Online Befriender you will join a local community network of trained volunteers providing emotional support to families who may be struggling to cope, supporting parents and carers through a variety of issues. Find out about volunteering as a Digital Online Befriender.

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Scottish Government


COVID-19 Government Guidance

For the latest advice on schools, workplaces, shopping and more please visit the Scottish Government website.

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