The sign-up has begun of an army of volunteers needed in Exmouth to help those at risk during the coronavirus crisis.
Organisers say the service ‘desperately’ needs help to lead neighbourhood groups in Exmouth, willing to coordinate area volunteers, and people to operate soon-to-go-live phone lines.
Those keen to help coordinate neighbourhood groups are asked to show their interest today (Wednesday) in the hope of joining a telephone briefing call tomorrow (Thursday, April 2).
Without volunteers, the support group faces a delay in setting up a central hub and rolling out a service in Exmouth.
Chetna Jones, Exmouth Town Council deputy clerk said: “Mutual Aid Covid-19 are unable to kickstart the central hub without the sufficient resources behind to cope, thereby causing a delay in getting this much-needed service up and running.”
The Exmouth Mutual Aid Covid-19 Support Group is now recruiting the large number of volunteers required to run errands in the community for the vulnerable, elderly, and those in at-risk groups who cannot leave their homes.
Volunteers giving their time will be making a ‘vital contribution’ to helping the town’s efforts to keep people safe.
The town has been divided up into sections, a map drawn up, and neighbourhood leads for the following areas are greatly needed.
Cranford (A4), Phear (A7), Littleham (A8), Langstone (A11) and Upper Hulham (A15). Back up leads for other areas are also needed.
A spokesperson for the Exmouth Mutual Aid Covid-19 Support Group said: “Being a neighbourhood lead involves setting up a WhatsApp group chat for the other volunteers in your neighbourhood and passing on requests to that group from the people answering the phones and emails.
“You don’t necessarily need to even leave the house yourself, just be good at passing on information to the people that can.”
Those able to help are urged to fill in an online volunteer sign-up form without delay.
Exmouth Town Council, working in partnership with the Exmouth Mutual Aid Covid-19 Support Group, said rapid sign-up was needed.
A spokesperson for the town council said: “Please complete the sign-up form to volunteer as soon as possible to help members of our community with urgent errands during these challenging times.
“You will be making a vital contribution however much time you are able to provide.
“There are several ways to help. You could join one of our neighbourhood groups to help with errands.
“You would not be committed to any specific times. You will be able to volunteer whenever you are available to meet requests whenever your neighbourhood group is made aware of them.
“You could also provide help even when you cannot leave your own home, by joining our phone, email and Facebook monitoring rota, or joining our core team of coordinators and neighbourhood leads.”
Fill in the volunteer sign-up form here.