More than 2,000 volunteers have registered with Volunteer Centre Dorset to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many individuals have signed up to help out while on furlough, while others are finding spare time in their busy schedules.
Volunteer Centre Dorset is an organisation that helps charities and non-profits find volunteers by matching individuals to volunteering vacancies in Dorset.
These volunteers have been helping charities such as Age UK, National Trust, British Red Cross, SafeWise and other more local charities; all of which are feeling the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic.
Volunteer Centre Dorset asked people to step up to help those most vulnerable in their community during this crisis and almost 2000 people registered to offer their help in whatever way they could. The response has been incredible, I feel that the organised, quick response from communities and individuals is one of the reason why our hospitals have seen a low number of cases and Dorset has been able to manage the crisis. Those who have had to isolate and are vulnerable have been kept safe and supported in their homes by an army of volunteers who have helped with a variety of tasks, shopping, delivering food parcels, delivering prescriptions, dog walking and just being a friendly voice at the end of a telephone. All of these have been essential to ensure people remain safe and well.
We continue to need volunteers, so those that we have not yet contacted, please don’t give up, we receive calls daily for people who still need support, and as some people need to return to work we will continue to need people to volunteer for those most vulnerable in our communities.
Volunteers from Age UK, Citizens Advice, Food Banks and the Community Response groups and more carry out 1000’s of tasks every day, providing the essential connections needed in times of crisis.
The volunteer centre has had letters of thanks to pass on to volunteers and community response groups from Cllr Laura Miller and The Lord Lieutenant, recognising the huge contribution volunteering has made during this crisis.
Dorset is very special in that we are lucky to have a high number of people volunteering and this crisis has really shown how much people careMarie Waterman, Manager at Volunteer Centre Dorset
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