Appeal for Covid-19 volunteers and groups to register their support
Volunteer groups that have formed in response to the Coronavirus outbreak are being asked to register their activity with Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency (RCVDA).
RCVDA would like to identify the inspirational community groups that have arisen in response to the Covid-19 health crisis, and to work with those groups to help facilitate a coordinated response.
RCVDA, in conjunction with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, are also coordinating an Emergency Response Volunteer initiative during the current crisis.
Volunteer groups, organisations, individuals and businesses are being asked to register their activity by accessing the link to the online Community Activity form on RCVDA's Facebook page or website or by following this link: https://form.jotform.com/200896650507055 or alternatively by contacting RCVDA via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals wishing to register as a volunteer are being asked to complete the Volunteer Application Form by accessing the following link on RCVDA's Facebook page or website or by following this link: https://form.jotform.com/200875398207058 or alternatively by contacting Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council on their telephone support line 01642 771122 or by email to: email@example.com
Mike Milen, Chief Executive of RCVDA said:
“RCVDA staff are proud to be supporting this initiative during these challenging times. Our phone lines have already been busy with people offering help in any way they can, we are hearing some wonderful stories about communities coming together to support their neighbours and friends. We are also working closely with our colleagues in the local authority and health services to plan for the future. We are getting essential information from funders and support services on a daily basis.Without having contact information for these groups we cannot get this information out to them.
“In these unprecedented times, volunteering in response to the needs of those less able, and less fortunate than we may be, is an enormously valuable contribution and many organisations will need volunteers to help them through this critical time.
“Rebuilding confidence and supporting community initiatives will be vital once we are through this crisis and RCVDA believes that volunteers and the voluntary sector will be instrumental in the success of recovery in Redcar and Cleveland."
Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Welfare, Cllr Steve Kay added:
“It is overwhelming and heartening to see how many local people and volunteer groups have stepped up in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Working alongside organisations like RCVDA the council is keen to help harness and co-ordinate the community spirit that exists in our borough to match volunteers with the residents and the organisations that need them.
“Anyone in Redcar and Cleveland needing support or advice relating to Covid-19 can contact the dedicated phone number 01642 771122, email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Redcar and Cleveland Coronavirus Support Group on Facebook."
The current crisis is predicted to continue for some time, and we are aware that individual circumstances will change, and that people may have limited capacity to help, so a continuing register of volunteers will be invaluable to meet on-going needs.
The council's website www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk is also hosting a range of information on subjects including mental wellbeing during the pandemic, keeping active at home and business support.