Appeal for volunteers and donations to support local organisations and communities during Covid-19
The Voluntary Sector and Great Yarmouth Borough Council are appealing to the community for volunteers and donations to help support residents as part of the local response to Covid-19.
The borough council is working hard with community and public sector partners, both at local and county-wide levels, to continue to support our communities, particularly those who are considered vulnerable and/or self-isolating without any other means of neighbourly or family support. Further information about the new Community Team for Great Yarmouth will be released in the coming days.
As part of this, Voluntary Norfolk and Community Action Norfolk are now working with local councils and health providers to co-ordinate a county-wide appeal for volunteers. This ensures a centralised point where individuals and groups can register and coordinate their work in response to requests. If you able to volunteer, please click here for more information and to register.
To ensure this much-needed support continues to be available to support community projects, a funding call has been put in place, led by the Norfolk Community Foundation. Donations received will allow the local organisations involved to carry on their vital care and support work during this challenging time. Click here to donate.
Cllr Carl Smith, leader of the council, said: "The council, alongside the voluntary sector, are working hard behind the scenes to get preparations in place as soon as possible that will allow us to offer services such as deliveries of food and medicine, to those most vulnerable and those who are self-isolating but who may not have family and friends around them.
"We are asking for people to rally round their community in this trying time and help in any way they can, whether that be volunteering or donating. We have already seen a fantastic level of community response and we are so grateful for those who are helping us to support those in need. The new volunteering portal aims to help coordinate those efforts and match them with need, so we all work together efficiently and effectively."