In the impacted zone during lockdown, vulnerable people should not volunteer.
Broadly speaking, Yes, vulnerable people are able to volunteer, however, a church council is obligated to take all reasonable precautions to ensure their volunteers can perform their duties safely. The vulnerable volunteer risk assessment form needs to be completed and approved by church council. Vulnerable volunteers in the impacted areas should consider their own health and safety and, in conjunction with their doctor, make a call on whether it is safe to leave the house.
A volunteer is “a person who, in a church activity, is rostered for a duty, involved in running the activity, and/or directed to perform specific tasks other than to join in communally”. A procedure document Assessing work for volunteers deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and the Vulnerable worker risk assessment form have been developed collaboratively between the Synod office and Presbytery Ministers. A risk assessment needs to be completed and approved by the church council before a vulnerable volunteer is able to return to service safely. We care and value all those that serve in the church and encourage church councils to continue to consider the safety of all workers including those that are classed as vulnerable.