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HELPING HAND: Nearly 500 people respond to Watford volunteering initiative

 Published on: 1st April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Nearly 500 people have responded to a call to help provide support for those most in need across Watford by signing up to the recently launched ‘Watford Helps’ volunteering initiative.

This links volunteers with those across the town who have highlighted they need extra support during the coronavirus emergency. 

Volunteers will be matched with those who need support based on their skills, time and willingness.

Volunteers can also contribute remotely, meaning those who are not able to meet people or leave their homes can join the local effort. 

The council is currently working through each volunteering application received with our partner organisation, Watford & Three Rivers Trust (W3RT) and will contact anyone who has signed up as soon as possible to match them to where support is needed. 

The council’s volunteer hub will work closely with W3RT, to manage offers of help and coordinate efforts from the community and online groups across the town, which have sprung up in response to the pandemic. 

The aim is to get all those wanting to help in one place so that the town has a coordinated community response that can effectively support those in need during the coronavirus emergency.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “I am extremely proud of how our town is rising to the many challenges of the coronavirus emergency.  Everyone wants to play their part and do what they can to get us through this current crisis.  

“For some this will mean working on the frontline but for the 500 people who have signed up to volunteer, this means giving their time to ensure those in most need are not alone and to give them the comfort, knowing there are people who will stand beside them at this difficult time.

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