Volunteer Centre
Dorset

Volunteers Week Press Release

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3rd June 2020

Time to say thanks…. Its been a difficult period during lockdown. But along with the negative comes a lot of positive. Volunteer Centre Dorset want to take this opportunity over Volunteers Week 2020  to thank the amazing people who have volunteered to support our communities, your positive ‘can-do’ attitude, thank you for your continued support volunteering and adapting so well during isolation.

 

Volunteers Week is normally a week of celebrations, with garden parties, cream teas and get togethers recognising the contribution of volunteers. This year although we are unable to physically get together it is vital that we thank and support our volunteers and at the volunteer centre, we want to give a big shout out to volunteers! We value each one of the volunteers, not just in this crisis but those that volunteer every day of the year to help make our lives better.

 

Manager of VCD, Marie Waterman stated “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 care”.

 

If you want to find out more please contact the Volunteer Centre on 01305 269214 or email [email protected]  or visit the website,  www.volunteeringdorset.org.uk

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Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
National Lottery Fund