Although Cheshire West Voluntary Action’s (CWVA) Year of Volunteering campaign has been put on hold for now, the good neighbour theme planned for May is more important than ever during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The Year of Volunteering campaign, in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, was set to focus on rural areas and those more isolated throughout May, highlighting how checking up on your neighbours can make a big difference.
The current situation has only reinforced how important local support in neighbourhoods can be.
CWVA has played a leading role alongside the Council in the coordinated community response to COVID-19, with more than 2,000 residents offering to volunteering.
While CWVA has signposted a significant number of volunteers to charities and community groups, many others have been good neighbours and helped vulnerable people on their streets with things like shopping and picking up prescriptions.
Clare Harrison, Deputy Chief Executive of Cheshire West Voluntary Action, said: “The level of support our communities have shown has been fantastic and volunteers have been a major part of our coordinated community response from the very start.
“We’re aware of the important role communities play all year round and the current crisis has only reinforced that.
“While we’ve tried to mobilise as many volunteers as possible, we needed to move quickly in the current situation so that’s why the good neighbour advice has been so important.
“People have just got on with things and supported vulnerable people in their neighbourhoods wherever they can.
“The amount of goodwill shown during the pandemic has been amazing and it’s hopefully something we’ll see a lot more of in the future.”
CWVA and the Council has put together information and advice for good neighbours involved in the coordinated community response.
There are also information pages on CWVA’s new website, with relevant advice for both members and volunteers.