More than 20,000 volunteers sign up to National Care Force


A free online platform designed to help social care providers fill staff gaps with health workers and volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak has celebrated a major milestone.

The National Care Force, powered by health technology firm Florence, has signed up 20,000 volunteers and 2,000 providers to support the care workforce in this challenging time.

Florence CEO, Dr Charles Armitage, said: “The response to the National Care Force has been amazing. People all across the UK want to get stuck in and help with our country’s coronavirus response. We’re pretty humbled by the number of sign ups we’ve seen. Now it’s just a case of getting the volunteers to the frontline as quickly as possible.”

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Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, added: “Care England welcomes the National Care Force initiative. In the short time that it has been operational it has attracted numerous people to both work and volunteer in the adult social care sector. Workforce is our biggest and best resource and it is especially important to recruit and retain the care force during such difficult times.”

Lorcán Murray, marketing executive at home care software supplier CarePlanner, spoke to the Dr Charles Armitage about how the National Care Force aims to support social care going forward. Click here to read the interview in full.

Armitage is aiming for 100,000 sign-ups to the National Care Force to help meet the needs of their care agencies.

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  1. I am Lady over 70 , have good health but must self Isolate. The only help I can offer is to befriend a person in a care home, To have a chat over the phone or write a letter to.
    I am registered as a volunteer NHS “Check in and Chat . After nearly three weeks and on duty 24/7 have nor received one alert. Hence this missive to yourselves.
    I may be sending this to a completely wrong Organisation !. But it’s worth a try. And maybe you could direct me in the right direction.
    Thanking you in anticipation and hope to hear from you in the near future
    Kind Regards
    Maureen Collins ( Ms)

    1. Hi Maureen, we are a news organisation specialising in domiciliary care. We would suggest getting in touch with your local care homes or home care providers directly, I’m sure they would be really grateful for your assistance! Best wishes, Sarah

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