Dewsbury South Community Support is a multicultural, multi-faith Community Group supporting the people of Dewsbury who are in need, including those affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
I am a long-standing volunteer for Citizens Advice Bureau and also chair a volunteer-run group, Friends of Dewsbury Train station. I wanted to do something to support our whole Dewsbury South community throughout the pandemic.
We established Dewsbury South Community Support in March 2020. I coordinate the activities along with key colleagues, including food gift distributions and making up food parcels. I volunteer in the food bank every Friday morning along with 3 other Volunteers, we take a lot of calls requesting help. We also distribute food on the streets on late Sunday afternoons.
What have you found rewarding or memorable about your experience?
Volunteering was an opportunity to feel like I was making a difference during the initial lockdown. We took a lot of calls for assistance such as shopping and collection of prescriptions. I got to know customers well and we are still in touch with some of the elderly residents as they ring round for hot food requests.
Dewsbury South Community Support group has enabled me to develop relationships with others in the group – we are a multi-cultural organisation. We would never have got to know each other so well if we hadn’t volunteered together through this difficult time.
I now have a more in-depth understanding of the communities we serve, which will assist me no end as I have just been elected the new Councillor for the ward.
Find out more
Dewsbury South Community Support provides Food, Hygiene and Sanitary products and promotes wellbeing and learning.
You can view their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DewsburySouthCommunitySupport/