How can I help?

This page outlines how you can help in our response to COVID-19, including food donations, volunteering opportunities and job opportunities. 

You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.

Food donations

We are desperately seeking donations of food to help the most vulnerable members of our community. Together with volunteers and community partners, we have sourced and distributed over 6,000 frozen meals and more than 1,100 food parcels to residents. 

Businesses and restaurants

If you are a business or restaurant owner and are able to make a donation of perishable food items (that could be used by our chefs to cook with) or non-perishable food supplies (that could be added to food parcels), please contact Daniel Green, Food Security and Distribution Lead, for further information and to arrange delivery.

Residents and individuals

If you are a resident, you can now drop off food donations to over 100 locations in Kingston.

Our wonderful 'Street Champs' are volunteering their homes as safe, secure and local drop off points across the borough. Supplies are then collected and delivered to food banks across Kingston. Please remember to continue to observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

If you would like to nominate yourself as a Street Champ please contact Martel Atterbury: [email protected] / 07500 952 919.

We are looking for the following items

Fruit

Vegetables

Cereal

Juice/squash

Tea/coffee

Tinned soup

Baked beans

Tinned spaghetti

Pasta sauce

Tinned tomatoes

Rice pudding/custard

Tinned Vegetables

Tinned fruit

Tinned fish

Tinned meat or vegetarian meals

Pasta / Rice / Noodles

Biscuits

Jam

Baby food

Baby Formula

Food banks

The Trussell Trust supports a network of food banks in the UK. Their latest statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be found on the Trussell Trust website.

Local food banks include Kingston Foodbank

Thank you

We would like to say a huge thank you to Voices of Hope, KingstonAid, Kingston Foodbank, KT Churches and all of our wonderful volunteers. Each has been instrumental in distributing supplies during this difficult time.

If you are unable to donate food but would still like to help, you can pledge money to the Love Kingston COVID-19 crisis appeal.

Volunteering opportunities 

Sign up to Kingston Stronger Together to support the community  

In response to Covid-19 the council has established a volunteering network called Kingston Stronger Together working in partnership with Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) and Volunteering Kingston. We want to support and coordinate the volunteering efforts across the borough delivering effective support to those who need it. 

We are actively recruiting volunteers for Kingston Stronger Together in the borough and will be working with our partners to deploy them where they are most needed.

A huge thanks to over 1,200 residents, council staff and Places Leisure staff who have already signed up to volunteer.

We are particularly looking to add to our team of Community Volunteers with specialist skills in social work and occupational therapy. If you are a retired or currently unemployed social worker or occupational therapist or have skills and experience in these areas, we would welcome your time and support. A few hours a week of your time could make a big difference to our residents. Tasks could include supporting our services in their contact with vulnerable people, home visiting, telephone advice, shopping, and assistance with correspondence. 

We also have information on how to keep yourself safe as a volunteer

Register as a volunteer 

If you need any support with this form or have any questions, you can get in touch with Volunteering Kingston by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 365 9980.

To find out more about the work that Kingston Stronger Together have been doing, read our update on befriending and support for those who are self-isolating

Job opportunities

Social workers - we urgently need your help!

Our current workforce is working tirelessly to help and protect the vulnerable in our community. There has been a huge increase in demand on our services. We are making provisions to offer a 7 day a week service from 8am-8pm to manage the anticipated increased demand and we are looking for additional staff to join us in serving our community.

We urgently need unemployed qualified social workers, retired social workers and other social care workers to help with screening vulnerable groups, home visiting, telephone advice, personal care, food preparation, shopping, cooking, cleaning, moving and handling, as well as medication.

Please also contact [email protected] if you have a health background with a clinical qualification, i.e Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Paramedics - we will have a role for you.

Social workers - supporting children, young people and their families locally

This is a call out to all social workers to join us in supporting children, young people and their families locally. The safety and wellbeing of children and young people continues to be our number one priority.

We have a well tested package of support available for our workers and have implemented working from home measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and where possible have drawn upon the use of digital technology to overcome some of the restrictions around face-to-face contact.

If you are interested in being part of our fantastic teams and supporting children and families over this period and you are a qualified social worker with experience in children's services, please send your CV to [email protected]. We will process your CV as quickly as possible and will work with you to match you to a suitable team.

You can find out more on the Achieving for Children website

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our colleagues at Achieving for Children for working and supporting one another during this unprecedented time.