Could you volunteer to help others during the coronavirus outbreak?

24/03/2020, PR-9352

​Wakefield Council and its partners are working hard to support local communities, so that older and vulnerable people without an existing support network of friends, family or neighbours can get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.

Working with Nova Wakefield District and a range of organisations across the district, the Council is promoting community volunteering opportunities to anyone who is fit, well and able to offer an amount of time, large or small, to helping others.

As measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus increase, it is more important than ever that the right support is offered to the right people, safely and in line with current government guidance.

Everyone must now reduce day-to-day contact, and stay at home except for very limited purposes in order to protect the NHS and save lives. The guidance does allow for individuals to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "Now that everybody has been told by the Government to stay at home, older and vulnerable people are going to need our support more than ever.

"The Council is always here to provide support to the most vulnerable, but it is very likely that residents can help to reduce demand by volunteering to help others, whether that be dropping off shopping or even just having a chat over the phone with someone who might be feeling lonely.

"It's really important to keep yourself and others safe, so together with Nova Wakefield District, we've provided some guidance on how to help, but always check the latest government advice because the situation is changing quickly."

Nova Wakefield District has experience of supporting volunteers in a range of roles, and teams are on hand to match people's skills and experience to a range of voluntary roles during this challenging time. 

Examples of support that might be required include:

  • Chatting to people on the phone who may be self-isolating so that they don't get lonely
  • Doing shopping or dropping off other supplies
  • Dog walking
  • Making food parcels
  • Delivery drivers
  • Administrative or support work

To make sure resources are managed safely and in the best way, people are asked to view current opportunities and register their interest at volunteerwakefield.org 

Anyone worried about themselves or someone else, who does not have an existing support network of friends, family or neighbours can call the Council's dedicated phone line 0345 8 506 506 between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Choose option 3 to make a request for support and help will be arranged.

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