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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.


Scottish Government researchers are recruiting people to help better understand and predict the next stages of the COVID-19 epidemic in Scotland. You can register if you live in Scotland and are 18 or over. You may also be interested in taking part in approved coronavirus vaccine studies with the NHS.

Other offers of support

Find out more about how to offer any other types of support such as premises, logistics or innovative products and solutions. 

Scotland Cares

In 2020 there was an exceptional response to the Scotland Cares national volunteering campaign. Over 60,000 people signed up with either British Red Cross or local volunteering centres. If you are already registered then you will be contacted if needed.

Stay Informed

Ready Scotland regularly publishes alerts on both Twitter and Facebook. Follow and like our pages to keep up to date wherever you are.

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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