Since lockdown began volunteers have played a key role in responding to the Covid-19 outbreak. From collecting medicines to delivering food parcels to those in greatest need, the local response has been phenomenal as people from all walks of life volunteer to help people in their community.
With many of us facing challenges we never imagined, it is more important than ever for us to recognise and support volunteers this Volunteers Week.
Thanks to the support of our local Coronavirus Disaster Fund appeal and the support of the National Emergencies Trust Hertfordshire Community Foundation has awarded funding to help some remarkable local volunteer led organisations during these difficult times including: Baldock Coronavirus Support Group
is a newly created group which now has over 160 volunteers helping the people of Baldock. They make sure that residents in need are helped with practical support and signpost them to foodbanks and counselling where needed. The group received a £1,393 grant towards personal protective equipment and other expenses involved in helping the volunteers to keep safe and well as they help those in need. Knebworth Covid Response Team
is a group of 120 volunteers working with 4,000 Knebworth residents, especially the older, vulnerable and those on low incomes, to provide tailored support using their links with local services and authorities. A grant of £2,000 is helping the group to cover volunteer costs and meals for at risk residents. Maple Cross & West Hyde Covid-19 Support Group
is another local response group of volunteers. They received a grant to setup a phone line for residents who are not on social media to communicate with them. They help with emergency medicines and food supplies and take food parcels to vulnerable people. Aldbury and Tring Station Covid 19 Support Group
is a group of 170 volunteers who have come together to help local households who are self-isolating or vulnerable to do their shopping. They have received a £500 grant towards leaflets printing and protective equipment.
These are just some examples of how, despite the restrictions, the people of Hertfordshire have shown great community spirit. We have been really touched by the support of the people and organisations of our county who have partnered with us by donating to our appeal so that we can support those most in need these during this time. Thank you!
As the full impact of the outbreak and lockdown restrictions unfold, we know there is still a lot to do. If you would like to make a donation to our appeal please click below: