Helping during the COVID-19 restrictions

Updated: 26th June 2020

Some people can now volunteer for the Friends of Ruskin Park as an individual to undertake certain activities, as some restrictions have been eased. Please note, we still cannot lead any group volunteering activities.

Please read all the guidance below carefully.

Volunteering tasks allowed

You can only undertake activities that Friends of Ruskin Park has insurance cover for and where risks can be minimised. These include litter picking and basic gardening tasks.

Who can volunteer

You can volunteer if:

  • you’re well
  • nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms, i.e. a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
  • you’re not at high risk from coronavirus according to current NHS guidance. If you are at moderate risk, you can volunteer but should take extra care and work at a safe distance from others.

How to get started

Please get in touch via info@friendsofruskinpark.org.uk and we can let you know what activities you can do to support. We’ll give you further guidance depending on the activity.

Recommended PPE and other equipment

  • Fully charged mobile phone in case of emergencies. If possible provide your phone number to Tim Daniels (Senior Park Attendant) or another volunteer.
  • One set of gardening gloves per person (wash after use)
  • Hand sanitiser or a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels
  • Anti-bac wipes may be useful

Reporting issues

For an immediate threat or emergency call 999. For a non-emergency please use 101 to report the incident. For parks management issues contact Lambeth Landscapes by email (parks@lambeth.gov.uk) or speak to Tim Daniels (Senior Park Attendant) if he is on site.

Guidance for volunteering during COVID-19 restrictions

  • Ideally, do not volunteer if you need to take public transport to reach Ruskin Park.
  • Volunteer alone or in groups of no more than 6 people (who can be from different households) maintaining a distance of 2m between people from different households. It is still advisable to try to limit the number of people you work with and to work side by side to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Always follow the latest government guidance on social distancing.
  • Consider volunteering at quieter times, such as early mornings to enable you to maintain a safe distance from others.
  • Numbers in a particular area may have to be restricted, at any given time to enable social distancing.
  • Please do not promote the time and place you intend to undertake any activities to avoid the risk of social gatherings.
  • Wash your hands before and after undertaking any activity with soap and warm water, or hand sanitiser.
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you, wash your hands frequently; you could also take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels with you.
  • Remember that gates, locks, benches etc. are used by everyone, use hand sanitiser after touching surfaces.
  • Do not wash your hands (or tools) in water tanks/butts.
  • Wear gloves, to prevent infection, in case of cuts on hands. Keep your own pair of gloves and wash them regularly.
  • Avoid touching your face while working, even if you are wearing gloves.
  • Do not share tools or equipment with others while working.
  • Disinfect tools (with a suitable solution) after you finish using them, especially main contact areas, such as handles.
  • Wash your hands when you get home.

Do’s and don’ts for volunteering in the park

  • Do observe social distancing guidelines. Stay two metres away from others from outside your household.
  • Do wear gloves. Keep your own pair and wash them regularly.
  • Do use a picker and hoop when litter-picking.
  • Do clean tools thoroughly before returning to the shed. Disinfect all handles with an appropriate solution.
  • Do make sure children and vulnerable adults are supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Do ensure you know where the First Aid kit is.
  • Do wear sturdy and anti-slip footwear.
  • Do be mindful of uneven ground, overgrown areas or low hanging branches.
  • Do dress appropriately for the weather: sun hats and sun cream in warm weather, and waterproofs in wet weather.
  • Do bring drinking water and drink regularly.
  • Do stay alert for vehicles in the park.
  • Do stay alert for dogs not on leads, or aggressive dogs.
    Don’t share tools or equipment during your activity.
  • Don’t volunteer for too long without a break, particularly in warm weather.
  • Don’t overfill bags or carry heavy items. Be particularly careful if you have pre-existing injuries or medical conditions.
  • Don’t approach members of the public to challenge inappropriate behaviour. Report any confrontations to the police if necessary.
  • Don’t approach suspicious looking containers, with or without hazard labels. Be aware that fly-tipped waste could contain unsafe materials such as asbestos. Leave them, report them.
  • Don’t touch syringes. Leave them, report them. Any accidental piercing by syringe should be immediately treated at a medical practice or A&E.
  • Don’t touch faeces. If touched, wash your hands thoroughly. Check for and wash any cuts. Seek medical attention if required.
  • Don’t put sharp objects in bags.
  • Don’t volunteer in extreme weather conditions.
  • Don’t go too close to the edge or in the ponds without permission and supervision.
  • Don’t go near the railway tracks.

Get in touch to find out how to get involved

Please get in touch via info@friendsofruskinpark.org.uk and we’ll get you started.