It’s been a very tough few months for everyone, and charities and community groups have found it particularly hard.
Now, as the world is starting to return to a new normal, Volunteer Now! (the volunteer service run by Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester, VAAC) is asking residents to help to make sure that the charities and groups that have been so busy supporting our communities can survive.
Jenny Holmes, VAAC senior admin and communications officer, said: “Charities need our help, now more than ever. The virus pandemic has seen them take a double hit since March, with their fundraising efforts being halted, both through the closure of their charity shops and the cancellation of fundraising events, as well as many of their volunteers having to self-isolate or ‘shield’ themselves.
“Some services have had to stop altogether, while others have had to change or add to their normal services, or the ways they are delivered. Now as charities are starting to look towards trying to return to normal, they need extra support to help them get back up and running.”
Thousands of people across the country volunteered their time at the outbreak of the virus to support their neighbours, friends and family, and Volunteer Now! is asking them to renew that offer of support now to help local groups to start returning to work.
Many of the volunteers that gave their time before the virus hit are still having to isolate or are worried about returning to their volunteer roles (with many of them being part of the ‘vulnerable’ over-70s group) so charities will be looking to recruit more volunteers to fill the gaps and allow them to start delivering services again.
There are many different roles available; from helping charities to raise funds in their shops, doing administration or office tasks, looking after animals or conservation areas, manning advice and support helplines, or even helping to make decisions on how the organisation is run as a trustee. All of these roles will be vital as charities and community groups try to move forward and recover from the last, difficult few months.
So if you have some time that you could spare, to help local groups, visit: vaac.org.uk/volunteering
If you can’t find anything suitable, or you need any further help, email: email@example.com