Community chiefs in Lancashire and South Cumbria ask residents to step up and volunteer

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Voluntary, Community, Social, Faith and Enterprise (VCSFE) organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have issued a call-to-action asking local people to get volunteering.

Lots of people stepped up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak but as people have gone back to paid work after the various lockdowns, the number of volunteers in the area has hit an all-time low.

The benefits of volunteering include:

  • Feeling valued and appreciated
  • Enhanced wellbeing
  • Increased self-confidence and sense of purpose
  • Being part of a team and meeting new people
  • Learning new skills or developing existing ones
  • Building on career opportunities, which can provide a route to employment
  • Doing something for joy, not just because you’re paid to do it
  • Satisfaction in helping others and knowing you make a difference

Jane Scattergood, (Interim) Chief Nurse and Senior Responsible Officer for Lancashire and South Cumbria COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, said:

“During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people felt they could give something back to their community. Volunteers had a sense of purpose during difficult times, they reconnected with their communities, everyone benefitted, and it helped them tremendously. The vaccination programme, for example, drew huge benefits from volunteer support and the volunteers felt useful and valued.

“Times have changed but our community still desperately needs volunteers. Do you have time each week or month where you could volunteer? There are so many different ways to support people in our community and make a huge difference.”

For more information visit Volunteering – NHS Careers NW.