I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in one of Bill and Kate Rodgers’ ‘Winter Pressures’ podcasts recently and was asked about ‘green shoots’ regarding volunteering, and that seems to be a really appropriate term in so many ways right now. With the publication of the proposed roadmap out of lockdown, we are starting to have meaningful conversations with groups about how they might reopen, and what any involvement of volunteers might look like too. Whilst it is still early days, it’s so good to be thinking more positively about better times ahead.
Of course, so many people have been volunteering over the last few months, some in long term roles such as befriending, and many others have provided an amazing community response to the pandemic. It is fair to say that like so many things, the volunteering landscape has changed so much in the last year. This community response continues with opportunities such as supporting the vaccine programme, and we have also been approached recently to support a college with their COVID testing site for returning students. It is clear that new opportunities will continue to arise out of the ongoing pandemic, and as we learn to live with COVID for a long time to come.
Little did we know how much life was about to change this time last year, nor the impact volunteers would have on getting us to where we all our now. It seems a good point to reflect and say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given their time so far to help their community in whatever way they have. This support, alongside the incredible commitment of all the key workers who continue to give their all, has shown what strong and resilient communities we have.
The need for volunteers goes on, but we would like to hear about the amazing things you as a volunteer, or volunteers you know of, have done to make a difference in your community or neighbourhood so far. If you would like to get in touch about this please email me – email@example.com.
We know that many people still need help and support, and that loneliness and isolation goes on. If you are one of them, our Social Prescribing team are available to talk to you, albeit still by phone, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
At the current time all our services can be accessed via www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk, call us on 01427 613470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voluntary Centre Services, West Lindsey