Hundreds of volunteers have been thanked for their commitment to supporting Wigan Borough’s response to Covid-19.
Wigan Council leader, Coun David Molyneux, has described the more than 700 who put themselves forward to help residents during this time as ‘selfless’.
As well as setting up seven community hubs across the borough, Wigan Council has asked local people to volunteer and help the hubs provide vital services to vulnerable residents and isolating households.
Coun Molyneux said: “It is fantastic and humbling to have so many people offer their time and support. It is thanks to our selfless residents and community groups pulling together that we are able to continue providing key services and help those who need it most.
“I would like to personally thank each and every person who is doing their bit to make these difficult times easier for people while they stay at home. Their work and dedication is invaluable.”
In the last month, volunteers alongside the council, community groups and foodbanks, have delivered almost 4,500 food parcels to the borough’s households.
Volunteers have also been connecting residents with community groups to help with the effects spending more time at home. For example, Leigh Film Society is now delivering treats and DVDs to combat social isolation and negative mental wellbeing.
Other support carried out by local groups and volunteers includes arranging GP appointments and prescription delivery.
Residents are still encouraged to register their interest in volunteering online, but as a result of the overwhelming response already received, the council says it may take longer to connect people with their nearest hub.
Coun Molyneux added: “Currently, our volunteer base combined with redeployed employees covers local need, however, this is a fast-paced and ever-changing situation and we will no doubt need even more hands-on-deck in the coming months. If you would like to volunteer, please fill in the online form but we may not be in touch straight away.
“Rest assured, we value the support everybody is providing and will keep in touch with volunteers as and when the need arises. Finally, we continue to ask residents to Be Kind and to protect themselves and others by staying home.”
For more information about the community hubs and volunteering, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/bekind.
If you need support, please call 01942 489 018 or fill in the self-referral form, which can be found on the above link.