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Pandemic Volunteering Stories – Jackie & Haroon, Dewsbury South Community Support

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.

Jackie’s Story

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/

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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