Targeted testing forms a crucial part of the fight against Covid-19 and will run alongside the vaccination programme that’s now within our grasp.  The tests are for people without symptoms and results are available within 30 minutes.

If anyone could commit to one or more stints on any day of the week, the organisers would love to hear from you.  The sites will be open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Volunteers will ideally work 4-hour stints in the week and 3 hours at weekends, although if they can only work a shorter stint we’d still love to hear from them!

Volunteers won’t be administering the tests.  They would be meeting and greeting people as they arrive at the site, registering them, providing reassurance, giving out information and helping to manage the flow of people through the site.   This is an opportunity to be part of a major initiative in the fight against Covid-19!

A role description can be found below.

If you are interested then click the link below and complete the short application form.   One of the team will call you them back for a chat.  application – mass testing volunteers

If you need the application in another format or want to talk to someone prior to completion then e-mail me at helen.wilkinson@wcava.org.uk.

 

Targeted Testing Support Volunteer – Role Description V2.0

The role

Volunteers are needed to help support Warwickshire County Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; helping our communities to keep safe as part of the National Testing Programme.

Targeted Testing sites (also known as Mass Testing sites) are being set-up across Warwickshire, locations to be confirmed, and we need volunteers to work in front-facing roles to do the following:

  • Help people to register on arrival.
  • Provide reassurance and a friendly face.
  • Give out information and answer any questions.
  • Help to manage the flow of people and guide them around sites, keeping everyone safe and ensuring the sites are well run.

Volunteers will not be asked to get involved with the testing procedure itself, this will be undertaken by paid staff.

The health and safety of all volunteers, staff and visitors will be of paramount importance.  COVID-19 safety measures and guidance will be applied at all times.  Appropriate PPE will be issued to volunteers.

The benefits

  • An opportunity to be part of this major initiative in the fight against COVID-19.
  • An opportunity to be part of a strong and dynamic team.
  • An opportunity to learn new skills and work in a different environment.
  • An opportunity to give something back to your local community.
  • Increase self-confidence and sense of purpose.
  • Connect to others with different outlooks and experiences.
  • Improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Requirements

Volunteers must:

  • Have the ability to communicate effectively with other volunteers, staff and especially members of the public.
  • Have the ability to communicate and engage with people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
  • Be reliable, confident and responsible, with enthusiasm and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to cope with the duties and responsibilities of the role and the associated environment.
  • Have a patient, friendly, approachable manner.
  • Be able to follow guidelines/instructions in a busy environment.

Extra information

  • Location: multiple locations across Warwickshire.
  • Volunteer testing: all volunteers will be asked to undertake a test themselves each time they arrive for a session.
  • Time commitment: ideally volunteers are asked to undertake one 4-hour session or more a week, but we can take people for 2-hour sessions if 4 hours is too long.
  • Age limit: considering the nature of the role it has a lower age limit of 18 years.
  • Role of Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA): to provide support to the County Council and the Targeted Testing Programme in respect of the recruitment and management of volunteers.
  • Volunteers report to: WCC Site Manager and WCAVA Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Induction and training: provided.
  • Clothing: volunteers are expected to wear smart casual clothing, including appropriate outdoor clothing if required. Volunteers will be provided with any additional clothing required to perform specific tasks.
  • Data: volunteers will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Travel expenses: volunteers will work from an assigned location and will be responsible for their own home to base and base to home travel expenses. Expenses will only be paid when additional travel from the base location to another location is required as part of the volunteer role.

About the Targeted Testing Programme

  • The Warwickshire programme reflects the national testing programme and aims to test those without symptoms of COVID-19. Those with symptoms will still be tested via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
  • The idea behind the programme is to find people who may be infected but are not (yet) displaying symptoms. Those who test positive with flow test will need to self-isolate for 10 days to prevent them spreading the virus.
  • Targeted testing is being introduced in all Tier 3 areas in England in December. Testing sites are being set up throughout Warwickshire. The first centre is opening at Water Orton in north Warwickshire.
  • The tests are of the Lateral Flow variety and involve a handheld kit that gives a result in 30 minutes without the need for a laboratory. Fluid from a nasal swab or saliva goes on one end and then a marking appears if the person is positive.
  • The programme in Warwickshire is being led by the County Council, with support from the District and Borough Councils and Health colleagues. WCAVA is supporting the volunteering elements of the programme.