URGENT – Volunteer request to help rapid testing in schools
NB This volunteering opportunity is now full 2/3/21. We are delighted that 33 people came forward in just a handful of days! #WeAreCalderdale!!
Schools and colleges return on 8th March, and are required to provide lateral flow (rapid) testing for students.
We have been asked to help out at Calderdale College, who have 4000 students to process – a mammoth task!
The plan is for all students to be supervised while performing a self-administered test in the College. Once they have completed this several times, and judged to be capable, they will then be given tests to do at home.
The Volunteer Role
We need volunteers to help during that initial 2 week observation period, starting on Friday 5th March until Friday 19th March. There will be 2 shifts a day, one beginning at 8.45am – 12.15pm and the other at 12.45 -5pm (to include a brief briefing at the start of each session).
It will take place in the Sports Hall at Calderdale College, Francis Street Halifax HX1 3UZ
College staff will be there doing basic administration and there will be clinical oversight by a public health schools nurse. You’ll be asked to perform a test on yourself first, so that it’s clear that you understand the process. The role then simply requires you to observe each student performing the task and offer any reassurance or guidance needed. Any more in-depth issues, you can refer to the nurse.
Are there any special requirements?
Social distancing will be maintained at all times, and any PPE that is required, will be provided, though you may wish to bring your own masks.
DBS checks are not required as this will be supervised at all times, and volunteers will be asked to sign a simple agreement either on arrival or in advance.
You may need to be able to stand for periods of time while actually observing, but seats will be available.
Are expenses offered?
The school can offer to either pay for travel fare, or provide a weekly bus pass
Drinks will be provided, and lunches will be offered free with a break arranged for those doing a full day
How much time do I need to commit?
We really need volunteers who are able to do at least 4 or 5 of the 22 available shifts over this 2 week period, to avoid the necessity for constant training of new people.
The online form below asks you to specify which shifts you can do, but if you have caveats or you’re not sure about certain days yet, you can specify this in the space for comments. For example, you may be able to make every afternoon shift, but need to leave at 4.30 rather than 5. This can be accommodated, so don’t let this put you off.
It would probably help if you watched this useful video of the process of taking a Lateral Flow Test LFT Version 4 – YouTube . All students will be asked to watch this prior to taking the tests.
If you can spare some time to help ensure our students can return to school safely, please register below. You will be contacted by email or phone by the College to confirm and make further arrangements. Please note, completing this initial form is not a binding commitment, nor confirmation of the shifts allocated to you – this will happen at the next step when you are contacted by the College.