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Pandemic Volunteering Stories – Alan, Covid Vaccine Steward with Holmfirth Tech

I got involved with the Vaccination Clinic when I saw a shout out on Facebook for Volunteer Car Park Marshalls and I thought “This is something I can do!”

I have not volunteered before, and I started with Holmfirth Tech in January 2021. My role involves helping patients to park in the correct place, guiding them to the clinic entrance and giving assistance with wheelchairs if required.

What have you found rewarding or memorable about your experience?

I really enjoy being part of a team that can turn anxious people on arrival (especially older people) into happy people on departure – the transformation can be remarkable!!

It’s made me feel that I was born to do this!!

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Holmfirth Tech in partnership with the Rotary Club of Holmfirth has been supporting the vaccination clinic at Holmfirth Memorial Hospital since December 2020. Alan has contributed 51 shifts over a 5-month period, but he wants it to be made clear it is a huge team effort.

Holmfirth Tech is one of a number of community anchor organisations that are working with their local Primary Care Networks across Kirklees. To find out more about Holmfirth Tech visit: https://holmfirthtech.co.uk/

Hundreds of Volunteers are supporting covid vaccination clinics across Kirklees. Requests for Volunteers vary at each location, if you are interested in getting involved or work at a clinic and are looking for volunteers email volunteer@tslkirklees.org.uk

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Covid-Safe Volunteering

If you are volunteering in lockdown, please make sure that you are staying safe and are up-to-date with the current rules and guidance.

From 29th March, you should continue to volunteer from home where possible unless you cannot reasonably do so. You can leave home to volunteer if you are not required to isolate for any reason. Please make sure that you are following the guidelines to stay safe.

From 12th April, we move to Step 2 of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap.  This is when charity shops, libraries, and community centres can reopen, and cafes can serve people outside, which will mean that more people will be volunteering outside their homes and we may start to get more new volunteering opportunities.

If you are looking for a volunteering role, please visit our I Want To Volunteer page.

Find out more about the lockdown rules for volunteering