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Voluntary Action

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester (VAAC) are on hand to help the local community support its’ residents during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. If you are a local charity or voluntary group that is looking for more volunteers to deliver your service, or anindividual who would like to volunteer some of your time to help others, you can callthem on 07572673012 or email admin@vaac.org.uk
VAAC is working closely with West Sussex County Council, Arun District Council and Chichester District council to co-ordinate the community response across the county and are working hard to match up potential volunteers with organisations that need some extra support. Volunteers could be helping the organisations to deliver their normal services; taking phone calls or checking in with clients, transporting people to appointments or looking after people on hospital wards; or delivering new or informal services that have arisen due to the coronavirus. These might include delivering food or medicines, walking dogs or phoning isolated or vulnerable people to check they are ok.
Hilda Sherwood, Chief Executive of VAAC, says; “In these uncertain times, it is amazing how the community is coming together to support one another. We have support groups on social media and YouTube, volunteers that are delivering food parcels and medicines and neighbours that are making sure vulnerable people in their street are safe and stay well.”
VAAC are also reaching out to local charities and community groups that might need some additional support during these difficult times. They can help with advice on appropriate policies and procedures (such as keeping your volunteers safe), identifying funding opportunities, and keeping you up-to-date on all of the current guidance and advice.
If you would like to find out more about how VAAC can help you or your organisation, you can find more information on their website at https://www.vaac.org.uk/news/coronavirus, phone them on 07572673012 or email admin@vaac.org.uk
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