Keeping our volunteers safe
At FareShare we take the wellbeing of our volunteers very seriously. At FareShare UK, we have set up a Covid-19 Planning Group which meets every two days to ensure we keep abreast of the latest news and government advice. This enables us to implement any necessary contingencies as soon as they are required.
In line with government advice we ask that you don’t come and volunteer for FareShare if any of the following is true:
- You are experiencing common Covid-19 symptoms such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
- You live with someone who is experiencing those symptoms
- You have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus in the last 14 days
- If you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
- If you are a returning traveller from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:
- anywhere in Italy on or after 9 March
- specific areas in northern Italy in the last 14 days
- Iran in the last 14 days
- Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
- Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea in the last 14 days
- If you are a returning traveller from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild.
- Italy (outside specific areas in northern Italy) before 9 March
- mainland China outside of Hubei province
- South Korea outside of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan
- Hong Kong
The government recommends especially taking care if you are over-70, have a long-term health condition, are pregnant or have a weakened immune system. While we welcome your support, if you come from any of these groups, we strongly advise that you stay at home. You can continue to support us by spreading the word about the work we do online through your social networks.
To keep our volunteers safe and reduce transmission of any viruses we advise all our volunteers to do the following:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
We also have in place:
- Information on arrival so people are aware that if they should or should not be in the building
- Information on how to clean hands properly and when they should be cleaned
- Suitable anti-viral soaps and hand sanitisers that kill the virus
- Safeguards and advice on handling food safely