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Coronavirus: New campaign for volunteers to join community response in Norfolk

A new campaign is being launched to recruit volunteers to help the community response to the coronavirus crisis across Norfolk.

The Community Resilience Delivery Group, which was set up by the Norfolk Resilience Forum as part of the local response to the pandemic, is seeking 200 rapid response volunteers across the county.

Voluntary Norfolk chief executive Alan Hopley said today: “This new volunteer role is extremely important to us and will require good communication skills to address the needs of the most vulnerable.

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“Since the first lockdown, we have been fortunate to have the support of volunteers across Norfolk, but, many have now returned to their normal work roles and we again need to boost our volunteer numbers for the longer term, especially with the introduction of the new Rapid Response role.

“In times like this, the best resource you can have is people and I am confident that the residents of Norfolk will want to get involved.

“Ideally, we are looking for volunteers who enjoy speaking to people, can provide reassurance and guidance, are mobile and physically well.”

Tom McCabe, Norfolk County Council's head of paid service and chairman of the county's Covid-19 Strategic Control Group, said: “This time we’re better equipped to deal with a lockdown with support systems in place to help vulnerable residents and the wider community.”

“Working in close partnership with our colleagues in the districts, health and voluntary sector has been key when delivering support to residents in need and we shall continue to work together to get through the winter period.

“I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who have already given up their time and energy to help those in need.

“There’s no doubt that we’re all in this together and having a taskforce of superheroes willing to volunteer to protect Norfolk for the tough months ahead, is very much appreciated.”

Volunteers will undertake three main activities – raising awareness of the threat of the virus, contact tracing and welfare checks plus community testing.

For more information about the programme, email covid19responseteam@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk or visit www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/services/volunteer-services/covid-response-volunteer-service.

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