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Selby District AVS - Coronavirus Support - News and Information

Coronavirus Support

Selby District AVS is your local community support organisation. If you are being affected by the recent coronavirus measures and need help contact us for support and information. Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5.00pm 01757 291111.

Are you a family carer? 

Do you care for an adult with learning disabilities and/or autism?

Your opinion matters to us! 

Who are KeyRing?

KeyRing are a service commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council to deliver a self-advocacy service for people with a learning disability and people with autism. 

We facilitate and run quarterly local meetings using accessible resources and information. We support people to be involved and have their say. We encourage people of all abilities as well as parents and family carers to talk about local and national issues. All of the meetings are co-chaired by people with a learning disability.

The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability. In recent years KeyRing self-advocates have co-produced the North Yorkshire Live Well Live Longer strategy, Housing advice for people with a learning disability and their families, ‘Home Alone’ packs to share with people who live independently on what to do in an emergency and various ‘Top Tips’ booklets.


We would like more family carers to come to our meetings and have their say, your voice is important to us.


Get in touch To find out more or to support someone with a learning disability and or autism to join a group, please contact Karen Murray, KeyRing Self Advocacy Manager on or phone 07833 309 693



NHS Volunteer Responders


The latest information about this initiative can be found on


NHS Volunteer Responders have been mobilised to help support vulnerable individuals who are self isolating. Priority will be given to those identified as most at risk from COVID-19 and asked to self-isolate at home for an extended period, and to those who health practitioners and local authorities consider to be vulnerable.


Referrals for volunteer support can be made by the following health and care professionals:

·        GPs / social prescribing link workers / practice nurses concerned about an at risk or vulnerable individual they have advised to self-isolate

·        Hospital discharge teams

·        Community pharmacists

·        NHS 111 and ambulance trusts

·        Community health trusts that need volunteer support for patients leaving hospital

·        Local authorities


NHS Volunteer Responders can be asked to help individuals with tasks such as delivering medicines from pharmacies; driving patients to appointments; bringing them home from hospital; and regular phone calls to check they are ok. Volunteers will receive role specific training where required. Referrals by health and care professionals should be made via the NHS Volunteer Responders Referrers’ Portal


Alternatively referrals for support can be made by calling 0808 196 3382; although it is essential that professionals have read the instruction document embedded within the referral form, prior to making a telephone referral.


Once a healthcare professional has made a request for patient support, the request is identified as an active volunteer task, and matched to a volunteer registered in the local area (via the GoodSam app). The volunteers pick the job they want to do that day and close the task once complete. Volunteers show themselves as ‘available’ when their app is switched to ‘on’.


NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS where informal support is not available or easily linked to by health and social care professionals.





Generous Donation


A big thank you to Taperell Environmental Skip Hire, who contacted us, after hearing about what Selby District AVS are doing to help with the coronavirus situation, to make a donation. 


For every skip they hire over the next 7 days, £10 of the hire fee will be split between Selby District AVS and York Hospital Trust.


A big thank you to them all!



Kelfield Support Group


A team of 20+ volunteers available to help local people in and around Kelfield.


For more information go to:


Facebook: Kelifield Covid-19 Support


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