Volunteers to help Dorset through COVID-19


DORSET residents are once again being urged to step forward and volunteer to be part of the community response to COVID-19 as cases start to rise nationally again.

Volunteer Centre Dorset is looking for new volunteers to come forward and register to help support people who are struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cases are low in Dorset compared to other parts of the country. However, organisations involved the co-ordinated community response to the virus are preparing for a potential rise in demand for help from residents who need to self-isolate.

Volunteers are needed across the county but there is a particular need for people to come forward from the Weymouth area.

Residents are encouraged to volunteer if they are able to help others by:

  • Shopping for food
  • Delivering food parcels
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Telephone befriending

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “We all remember the fantastic response from the Dorset community during the first wave of the outbreak.

“As we head towards winter, we need to call upon that goodwill again in order to help some of our residents get through what is likely to be a tough time.”

Marie Waterman, manager of the Volunteer Centre Dorset said: “We want to make sure that our residents are looking out for one another and that anyone who needs to stay at home will be safe and have the things they need, whether it’s food, medicine or simply someone to talk over the phone or online.

“If you’re healthy and know yourself to be at low risk of the virus, we are urging you to come forward and help others in your community.

“The amount of time you give can be flexible and you don’t necessarily need a driver’s license. Whatever help people can offer is greatly appreciated.”

Dave Thorp, CEO of Age UK North, South and West Dorset said: “During the spring and summer, volunteers helped us to deliver vital services to older people in North, South & West Dorset as part of the Community Response.

“We now need to ask for that fantastic help again, to ensure that nobody goes without essential supplies and a friendly contact during the next few months.

“Please give whatever time you can, and make a real difference to the most vulnerable within our communities.”

To register to volunteer visit www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/community-response/i-want-to-help-dorset-still-needs-you.aspx

To register, you will be asked for your contact details, what activities you would be willing to do, your availability and details of your DBS check, if you have one.

You can find out more information about Dorset’s community response to COVID-19 at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/community-response/communities-and-volunteering.aspx

Help available for people self-isolating

If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19 and don’t have family, friends or a support network that can get the things you need like food or medicine, don’t worry – help is available.

Tell Dorset Council what you need using the online form, or call 01305 221000 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Find more information online at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/coronavirus

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