Amey’s approach to volunteering during the Coronavirus pandemic
Last updated 17:08 on Wednesday 30th April 2020 (information about Ferrovial Juntos Fund).
Amey continues to be passionate about and committed to supporting our clients and the communities that we serve. We are now in a situation where our country can benefit from our support in many ways.
While the most important ask for the public remains to stay at home and follow the essential public health guidance, people who are healthy and not at risk can volunteer to provide practical or emotional help to those most in need.
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help friends or family as well as neighbours – here are some examples of the things you can do:
- Donating to the Ferrovial Juntos Fund - every £1 will be match-funded and donated to UK organisations
- Help with food shopping
- Collecting medications
- Stay in touch over the phone or via social media
- Encourage people to stay mentally and physically active
- Take your neighbours dog's for walks
- Share trusted sources of information
You can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.
How can I help safely?
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
- When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection and save lives. This remains the case when you are helping others.
- You should not go inside the homes of anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable people or people who believe they may be infected and are isolating themselves. Breaking these rules could put you at risk of infection, or risk spreading it to others.
- If you are picking things up for others, try to limit the amount of time you spend outside of your home by picking up essential items for them when you do your own shopping or collect their medicines during the same trip.
- You should stay 2m or six feet away from anyone you do not live with at all times. Do not share a car journey with them.
- You should also regularly wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you have offered to help other people, please do not place yourself in positions where you may feel unsafe, for instance helping late at night.
- You must also always adhere to our advice on how to stay safe.
- If you or someone in your household has shown symptoms, or if you are more vulnerable to coronavirus yourself, then you must stay home. You still play an important role but will need to do this from home.
For further information please take a look at the Government’s Advice ‘How to help Safely’.
Can I use my Community Involvement Day?
If you would like to undertake volunteering during work time, this can be used as your Community Involvement Day (CID). Every Amey employee is entitled to one day per year to support their communities – which we call a CID. You do not need to take the full day in one but can split into blocks (ie ½ day) as the volunteering requires. If you would like to use your CID please:
- discuss and gain agreement with your line manager
- register your CID using Employee Self Service. If you are taking your CID in blocks, please enter the first day you start the volunteering and enter a whole day. Please do not enter your CID on ESS/MSS if you are a furloughed worker.
Please consider, if you are a key worker or frontline employee please recognise that your working hours are vital to business continuity and keeping the UK working. While you may choose to volunteer in your own time, we would recommend postponing the use of your CID to later in the year.
You should not be using your CID to volunteer if:
- You are receiving sick payment
- You are currently shielding; shielded employees are those who have received a letter from NHS asking them to self-isolate for 12 weeks
- If you are under furlough arrangement; this does not prevent you from volunteering during your own time, but you do not need to register this as a CID. Volunteering in your own time will not affect your entitlement to furlough pay.
Where can I find a local group to work with?
Find your local ‘Mutual Aid’ group to support the most vulnerable in your community - https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups
How do I become an NHS Volunteer Responder?
As the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds, we are seeing an increasing number of our nation self-isolate, especially those in the ‘vulnerable’ category. More than ever, our support is needed in our local communities. At Amey, we touch the lives of many people and communities across the UK and therefore have an important role to play in helping to make a difference where its most needed.
The Health Secretary has put a call out to recruit 250,000 NHS Volunteer Responders, who can be called on to simple but vital tasks such as:
- delivering medicines from pharmacies;
- driving patients to appointments;
- bringing them home from hospital;
- or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.
Amey supports this campaign and we encourage employees with spare capacity and who are fit and well, and who would like to volunteer to sign up using the link www.goodsamapp.org/NHS. Volunteering as an NHS Volunteer Responder can be used in either your own time, or during work time as a CID.
Please let us know if you have registered as an NHS Volunteer Responder, using the form Let us know if you are an NHS Volunteer Responder.
How do I participate in the ‘Scotland Cares’ scheme?
The ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Those wanting to volunteer to support their communities have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website:
- Returning Health & Social Care workers can sign up here
- Join the British Red Cross to support our public services including the NHS and local authorities
- Sign up to Volunteer Scotland to support other charities and groups in your community
Can I drive my vehicle for volunteering?
Amey’s Motor Insurance provider, Zurich, will be extending our motor insurance policy to cover Company Car drivers that have volunteered to assist the NHS. Therefore, they will be automatically covered when carrying out their duties as a volunteer and there is no need to notify Group Insurance.
Where people are using their own cars (including drivers that receive Car Allowance), we recommend that you contact your motor insurance provider to confirm that your policy can cover you if choose to provide driving services as an NHS Volunteer Responder. Most insurers are likely to be realistic given the current circumstances and would grant such cover, even if only on a temporary basis. However, it is best to seek their formal agreement first.
I'm a Reservist, what might I be asked to do?
Amey is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community. We are proud of our reservists and the value that serving personnel, veterans and their spouses contribute to our business. We recognise the importance of Reservists who can be mobilised when required; taking them into full time service with the Regular Forces and made available for military operations.
As you may be aware, the Government has announced that up to 3,000 armed forces Reservists are being called up to aid the military response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The initial 3,000 people may be followed by additional call-ups, which are likely to be targeted to those with the following skills:
- Combat medics
- Logisticians (drivers, planning)
- Liaison and planning officers
Please complete our Reservists form and read our information - in the quick links on this page.
Ferrovial Juntos Fund - matched funding
Ferrovial has launched the “Ferrovial Juntos COVID-19” fund to collect donations in the fight against COVID-19. The company has made an initial contribution of five million euros and will match contributions up to a total of 10 million euros. They have set up bank accounts in Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, and in the coming days, in Chile and Portugal into which employees, directors, shareholders, contractors and suppliers can make these donations.
They are encouraging employees to give what you can. These funds will be used to help healthcare administrations, research centres and NGOs to acquire medical material and equipment, to finance drug and vaccine research, and to aid vulnerable groups. No effort will be spared in fighting this crisis.
Funds raised in the UK will be doubled and donated to UK organisations.
To donate from the UK:
- ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND
- FERROCORP UK LIMITED
- 'Ferrovial Juntos COVID-19' RBOSGB2L
- Sort Code 16-04-00
- Account No. 10909432
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