AN URGENT call has been put out for 100 volunteers to help vulnerable people get their groceries and medicines.
NHS and Care Volunteer Responders is on the hunt for more people to join them as the Volunteer Responders programme, delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app on behalf of the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care, has expanded.
Solihull needs 100 volunteers to step forward to support two relaunched volunteer activities, Community Response and Pick Up and Deliver.
Through Community Response, volunteers collect and deliver food shopping, prescriptions and essential items to vulnerable people in the community helping to support their health and wellbeing.
Through Pick Up and Deliver, volunteers help transport medicines or small medical equipment items to people’s homes or community settings from NHS sites, helping to support hospital discharge and prevent admissions.
Volunteering is completely flexible and is managed through the GoodSAM smartphone app.
The schemes were initially launched during the pandemic to support shielding and isolated individuals where countless volunteering heroes emerged, ready to serve, offering support to those most vulnerable.
Sam Ward, deputy chief executive at Royal Voluntary Service said: “Today, the need for volunteers remains as vital as ever. We are urgently, asking those who can, to provide support to their communities and volunteer.
“Just giving a couple of hours, at a time that suits you, can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people across Solihull.”
For more visit nhscarevolunteerresponders.org