South Ayrshire Council Celebrates Volunteering Week 2020
South Ayrshire Council have joined forces with over 30 local community groups to provide essential help and support to local people who need it most.
Volunteering Week (1 – 7 June), provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contribution volunteers bring to South Ayrshire. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our employee volunteers have played a key role, carrying out critical work across a range of areas.
Employee volunteer call handlers have provided help and advice to over 15,600 residents who called the council's dedicated COVID-19 helpline, or are shielding. Staff have delivered more than 26,700 food boxes to families with children who are eligible for free school meals, and supported 29 community pharmacies with medication deliveries to shielding and vulnerable groups. These are just a few examples of the amazing work our employee volunteers have carried out during this crisis.
Local residents have also been keen to offer assistance, with over 450 people expressing an interest in helping us to make a difference in our communities.
Some of the fantastic work local volunteers have carried out includes: shopping for essentials; grocery and medication deliveries; providing befriending support for elderly, vulnerable and shielding residents; dog walking; and community activities to help keep spirits high during this unsettling time.
With our Community Planning partners we are developing a support package for volunteers in conjunction with Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA), South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (SAHSCP) and the NHS.
One employee volunteer said: "Alongside local authorities, the NHS, charities, local community organisations and individual volunteers have been very quick to develop and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinating support to local groups has given me a great insight to the wonderful work that is taking place, and how it is benefiting the local community."
Leader of the Council, Douglas Campbell said: "It's thanks to our amazing employees and community volunteers across South Ayrshire, that we have been able to provide help and support to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working collaboratively with our communities has allowed us to be there for those who need us most, and I'm extremely proud of everything we have achieved together."
For more information on volunteering please contact 01292 616101 or C19.CommunitySupport@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or VASA https://www.southayrshirelifeline.org/