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Giving for Gedling: Council set up volunteer network to help the vulnerable in borough survive coronavirus

by David Bratton
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Giving for Gedling

Gedling Borough Council are encouraging kind-hearted volunteers to come together and help the vulnerable across the borough through the coronavirus crisis.

The “Giving for Gedling” Volunteer Network has been launched today (March 24) to help the most vulnerable and elderly residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak  

The network is being organised by the council to co-ordinate and facilitate offers of help from local residents and community groups to support the most vulnerable in the community such as the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

A website www.gedling.gov.uk/givingforgedling has been created that allows volunteers to register their interest in helping and allows any residents who need help to let us know so we can provide support.

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The information provided by the volunteers and residents will be compiled by the council to create a database that will be shared as part of the humanitarian effort in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The council is also asking for local community groups, charities, parish councils to contact the council to add them to the database. 

Deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “The community spirit and generosity already shown by so many individuals and our well established community groups and churches, as well as our parish councils has been inspiring and heart-warming. The only way to face the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic is by working together, looking out for one another and all playing our part to shield the most vulnerable and elderly residents in our community.

“The council is committed to mobilising, supporting and encouraging the phenomenal community spirit that exists in Gedling Borough  – our ‘Giving for Gedling’ Volunteer Network is being launched to help keep those wishing to volunteer safe, as well as ensuring volunteering is carried out in a way that protects the most vulnerable and elderly.”

If you can help or need help please get in touch by visiting the website or phoning 0300 500 8080

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