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New Southend Coronavirus Action project calls for volunteers
A new project has been launched by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, SAVS and SECH, to provide help to those who need it in the local area during the coronavirus outbreak.
Volunteers are needed to help out the new initative, Southend Coronavirus Action, which already includes a range of voluntary organisations and local charities.
Launching with a Facebook group, the project plans to use the goodwill of the public to support the most vulnerable using professionals who work with volunteers on a daily basis, colleagues from social care, the contact centre and others.
The group is asking volunteers to register their interest if they feel as if they could help. This will include tasks such as shopping for those unable to do so themselves. Businesses are also being called to help and can sign up via this form.
Councillor Ian Gilbert, Leader of the Council, said: “Although this is a very strange and difficult time for all of us, it is clear that many people in our borough want to do something to help others. It is heartening to see so many people already liking and sharing this Facebook page, and signing up through the online forms, to offer their services.
“I would ask anyone who would like to help out, to do so through this Page, so we can co-ordinate a fast and effective response, and get food and other necessary items to those who need it as quickly and safely as possible, and whilst sticking to social distancing measures. I would also encourage people to make a plan with their family and friends if they can.
“Thank you to everyone who offers to help. We all value your support, and it makes me so proud to be working here in Southend when I see such kindness throughout our borough.”
Would you like to do your bit to help? Sign up to volunteer with this form.
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