I got involved with Golcar mutual aid group due to lockdown, I couldn’t go anywhere and felt quite helpless, so it was an opportunity to have some purpose. This is the first time I have volunteered in my local community in Golcar and I started in March 2020.
What do you do?
I first started helping with Golcar Mutual Aid group by sewing face coverings, and then became part of the ‘Collie Squad’ – a group of 9 Volunteer dog walkers. The request for a dog walker first came to us via the Council Covid support helpline, we were told it was one dog but then found out the request was for 4 dogs (including 3 collies) for a lady in the village who needed to isolate. As the dogs needed walking twice a day we had a rota and I helped twice a week. We walked the dogs in pairs at a social distance. As the dogs became more familiar with us we were able to let them off the lead sometimes and throw a ball for them – we lost lots of balls!
What have you found rewarding or memorable about your experience?
Volunteering as part of Golcar Mutual Aid group was a chance for me to make roots in the community and get to know the local people and area better. Due to lockdown, I was working from home online, and via zoom video calls with no face to face contact so volunteering with the collie squad was an opportunity to get out and get some physical exercise it was also good fun! The dog owner thanked us all with a bunch of flowers to show her appreciation which was a big surprise and we really appreciated her gesture. Volunteering during Covid has been a way for me to connect with other people in my community and be purposeful and gain some structure.
Find out more
Golcar Mutial Aid Group was established on 16 March 2020 by Jane Smith, it quickly grew to 174 volunteers that also delivered shopping, collected prescriptions and connected sewers providing scrubs, laundry bags & ear protectors midwives and local GP surgeries.
Golcar Mutual Aid Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/Golcar-Covid-19-Mutual-Aid-104688064501515/
More stories from Golcar Mutual Aid Group: https://communityresponsekirklees.com/2020/07/06/golcars-mutual-aid-story-talent-skill-and-goodwill/