Coronavirus

Call for coronavirus volunteers #HelpEachOther

Volunteers are badly needed to help people affected by the coronavirus outbreak

An online campaign has been launched for volunteers who wish to help those worst affected by the coronavirus shutdown.

Volunteers can sign up for opportunities through the Volunteer Now website.

Organisations who need volunteers can also post any vacancies.

Roles may include chatting to elderly or vulnerable people by phone, shopping for people who are self-isolating, walking people's dogs or packing food hampers.

Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey, said her department is working closely with Volunteer Now "to support a co-ordinated response to the need for community support for those most vulnerable and isolated within our communities, particularly at this time. 

"This includes working with Sport NI, the NI Sports Forum and Sports Governing Bodies to mobilise a cohort of skilled and motivated volunteers to support critical services, as well as identifying other key resources such as sports grounds, halls and vehicles.

"This is alongside the delivery of key health and wellbeing messages through social media campaigns. Volunteering is vital to the fabric of our community and this has been demonstrated by the generosity of giving shown to date."

Denise Hayward, chief executive of Volunteer Now, said they were receiving an increasing number of calls from people willing to help.

"We know that community spirt is alive and well and this campaign will harness our desire to do good and to make sure people don't feel that they are on their own," she said.

To sign up and for more information go to volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/helpeachother/ or email helpeachother@volunteernow.co.uk.

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