The Gift of Time
Volunteering during Covid-19 has connected people to their community, volunteers have gifted their time in a variety of ways helping people overcome worries or isolation and reducing the negative impact of Covid-19 for many. Community Action Suffolk could not be more proud and thankful of people who got involved without a second thought. Charities and community groups are continuing to look for volunteers to benefit our community and volunteers are never more needed to help us move forward. Dedicating some time as a volunteer helps you feel connected, find new friends and gain experience.
Sadly, Covid-19 has meant that some people have had to stop the volunteering that they loved are thinking about something new to do. If you are looking for a change or would like to share your time with a good cause, join us for a virtual Festival of Volunteering on Wednesday 7 October, part of Suffolk Action Week 5-11 October. You can find out more about volunteering opportunities in your community by signing up to an information session online between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
You may have led or been part of a mutual aid/community response group that temporarily set up to respond to the needs in your community. These groups provided an incredible service to those people shielding, self-isolating or vulnerable by shopping, getting prescriptions and offering friendship. You may be continuing your group or planning to do so, Community Action Suffolk is here to help you understand what your responsibilities are when co-ordinating volunteers, such as when do you need to DBS check.
You may want to find out more about how to join the supportive Suffolk Good Neighbour Network or to discuss how to be prepared for a potential second wave or peak in Covid-19.
Community Action Suffolk’s This Community Can project is still looking for volunteers to be buddies for people looking to get active after a long period of shielding or self-isolating. If you can spare a bit of time to chat on the phone and gradually help people to get out an about such as a walk to the local shop, cycle ride or joining a local club then please get in touch. We are also open to referrals from people who would appreciate a friendly person to help them get out of their home again.
Please contact: [email protected]