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Pandemic Volunteering Stories – Karen, Passenger Assistant and Covid Helper with the Denby Dale Centre

Why did you take on this volunteer project?

I wanted to help people in the community who were forced to shield. I am fit and well, had free time and access to transport so I thought it would be a useful thing to do during the pandemic.

What do you do?

I began by doing shopping for people and then moved on to collecting and delivering prescriptions. I am also a driver’s assistant for journeys to and from a day centre.

What have you found rewarding or memorable about your experience?

People were very grateful and appreciated my help with food deliveries and prescriptions. It has highlighted to me how much help is needed in the community.

Find out more

The Denby Dale Centre recruited 300 Covid Volunteers and have supported over 1600 people in the community. Their transport service has played a vital role in ensuring isolated people in the community were able to access hospital and vaccination appointments during the pandemic.

Interested in volunteering as a Car Driver? Apply here: https://volunteering.tslkirklees.org.uk/job/the-denby-dale-centre-3/ Find out more about the Denby Dale Centre here: https://www.ddc.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