It’s business as usual at Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and members can still receive the same level of dedicated support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
CWVA helps communities in west Cheshire grow and thrive by connecting charitable organisations, volunteers and businesses to champion social media.
The role CWVA plays in the community has never been more important as it has been a key part of the coordinated community response to COVID-19 alongside Cheshire West and Chester Council.
After residents have offered to volunteer through an online form on the Council’s website, CWVA has been busy signposting them to its members and other community initiatives, with around 1,100 volunteers matched to date.
CWVA has also helped set up the Cheshire Food Hub, which aims to maximise offers of surplus food for foodbanks and community food groups so it can be distributed to those who need it most.
This has all gone a long way to making sure vulnerable people across west Cheshire have been able to access the support they deserve.
While CWVA has had to adapt and take on some brand-new roles in the response to COVID-19, it has still been acting as a voice for the community and voluntary sector and supporting members through this challenging period.
Clare Harrison, Deputy Chief Executive of Cheshire West Voluntary Action, said: “We’re fully aware of the important role our members play all year round, but they’ve perhaps been in the spotlight more than ever before in the past couple of months.
“Their knowledge and experience of working with our communities has been pivotal in making sure we get to the people who need our support.
“We’ve been there for our members every step of the way and will continue to be there in the months and years ahead.
“If we can support our members in any way, I’d encourage them to get in touch.
“All our team are working from home and have the access to the same systems they normally would.
“It’s important we all work closely together so we can work our way through the challenging months ahead of us.”
If any members are recruiting volunteers to support their services, they should get in touch with the CWVA team so suitable volunteers can be signposted to them. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the pandemic, CWVA has also launched a brand-new website, which includes the latest information and advice for members and volunteers helping with the coordinated community response.