Coronavirus: LGA responds to NHS Volunteer Responder scheme expansion

“This national volunteering scheme is an important back-up to councils’ existing and new local volunteering initiatives which are helping communities during this crisis.”


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Responding to the expansion of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils value and pay tribute to the vast numbers of people who are volunteering to support vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to cope with COVID-19, whether this is for a national or local organisation.

“This national volunteering scheme is an important back-up to councils’ existing and new local volunteering initiatives which are helping communities during this crisis. Volunteer responders have done a brilliant job supporting those most in need and today’s extension will enable health and social care staff to continue to do what they do best.

“Councils are working closely with NHS England to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our society are supported and it is vital that councils are able to co-ordinate this support locally. We look forward to working with the Government on the detail.”