Volunteers across Nottinghamshire are playing a major role in the successful first phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
The Nottinghamshire Vaccine Volunteer (NVV) Programme is managed by a team made up of colleagues from Newark & Sherwood CVS and Mansfield CVS. The team has been responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers at the seven sites across the county.
The response of the community has been nothing short of inspirational with 1,201 people currently registered and approved to volunteer and 453 volunteers now in place.
Helen Stanbridge, Director of Operations for the Nottinghamshire Vaccine Volunteer Programme, said "We have been overwhelmed by the response and we were able to place volunteers on-site almost immediately, many of whom have committed to regular slots. It’s heart-warming to still see so much community spirit in these ongoing exceptional times. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers involved."
The feedback from both people attending the sites, and the volunteers themselves has been overwhelmingly positive.
Steve is one of the volunteers at the Ashfield site and commented, “My mum is 89 and has been a patient at Ashfield Health & Wellbeing Centre for years, and I wanted to say thank you for their support. I am proud to be involved and find it very rewarding and quite humbling at times. It’s spot on and it’s great to see a mixed bag of people from different backgrounds coming together”.
Registrations for volunteer roles are currently closed. Future roles will be advertised on both the Newark & Sherwood CVS and Mansfield CVS social media sites.