Council thanks 600-strong local volunteers for their continued support
Posted on 3 Jun 2020
With this week’s launch of National Volunteers’ Week 2020, now is the perfect time to once again thank dedicated local volunteers who are continuing to go above and beyond as community groups work together to tackle the challenges of Covid-19.
Stepping up to lend a hand and help some of North Ayrshire’s most vulnerable residents, a total of 600 volunteers have signed up to support the Council’s vital community hub network.
With over 23,400 calls from local people in need, the volunteers have played a crucial role in ensuring community hubs meet the ongoing demand of assisting residents in Arran, North Coast & Cumbrae, Garnock Valley, Irvine, Kilwinning and the Three Towns.
Since setting up the community hubs at the end of March, volunteers have helped to carry out a record 26,385 food deliveries and 6,740 prescription drop-offs in our communities.
In addition to the work in the community hubs, volunteers have been assisting in the heart of local communities with cooking and delivering around 400 hot meals a week.
Hundreds of volunteers have also been making regular welfare calls and other befriending services including support with shopping, dog walking, reading materials and helping people with getting online.
Due to current social distancing guidance, hubs are not open for the public and work on a rota basis to keep to a minimal number of people.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, has been volunteering via the Irvine locality hub. She said: “I have experienced first-hand the selfless drive, bravery and determination of everyone involved in this immense community effort.
“Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, we simply could not have reached the record numbers of local people in need who are depending on us as a lifeline as we navigate our way through the community challenges of the coronavirus.
“With the continued support of our passionate volunteers, community hub locality leads, Facilities Management teams, North Ayrshire Foodbank and our network of community partners, I am confident we can continue to play a pivotal role in tackling the difficulties faced by so many during these unprecedented times.
“I would urge anyone who is willing to help out to get in touch. Whether you’re looking to volunteer from home, supporting us with daily check-in phone calls or helping our team of drivers to deliver essential items, we want to hear from you.”
If you are in an emergency situation and are having trouble accessing food, medicine or supplies, please contact your local community hub. Contact details for can be found here.
If you are not currently volunteering or are part of an already established community group and want to get involved, email email@example.com or visit the website http://northayrshire.community/
*Those pictured below include our fantastic volunteers and community hub staff members.