Around 1,000 local volunteers sign up to help the most vulnerable

In just one week, around 1,000 people have responded to Telford & Wrekin Council’s appeal for volunteers to support the most vulnerable people in the borough during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Council is now reviewing all the applications received from volunteers and matching these against those people who have said they need help.

This process is taking some time to do, as a number of considerations need to be taken into account. 

People’s location is one of the considerations, as Government advice is for people to not make unnecessary journeys. 

The Council hopes, however, to be in a position to start allocating tasks to volunteers over the coming week.

Once the scheme is fully up and running, volunteers will help the Council respond to calls for help coming through to its Community Support Helpline from vulnerable people in the borough who do not have family, friends or neighbours to call on.

Picking up medicines and pensions, dog walking or simply phoning for a chat with someone isolating at home are among the tasks volunteers are offering to help with.

Cllr Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for community engagement said: “The community response has been fantastic. Hundreds of people have come forward which is just amazing and makes me so proud of our borough. Thank you to each and every one of you.

“With so many applications, it is taking us a bit of time to review them all and see how best we can match the offers of help to the requests for help we have received. 

"Our message to those of you who have offered to help, is to please bear with us, we are working through the offers and will be in contact as soon as we can.”

Cllr Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, added: “I would also like to add a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has responded to our call for volunteers and also to those of you who have signed up for the NHS volunteer scheme too. You are all heroes!”