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Over 9,000 new volunteers in Bucks

People have come forward to help during the coronavirus pandemic

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:41am 5th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Over 9,000 new volunteers in Bucks

Buckinghamshire residents are being helped and are helping others during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Over 9,000 people have become volunteers in Bucks, following the outbreak of coronavirus.

This figure includes those coming forward for the NHS Volunteer Responder role, with Buckinghamshire Council and local organisations.

However, it is on top of the roughly 1,000 people who were regular volunteers before and as part of Volunteers Week 2020 they are being thanked.

Mimi Harker is Chair of Community Impact Bucks:

"In Buckinghamshire we're actually very lucky, over the years we have always been in the top tier of volunteering. We have a fantastic record for volunteering but in this time it has been incredible. 

"We have had the most amazing response from Bucks people volunteering. 

"I hope we remember, I hope we retain some of that volunteering. I'm sure we will because when people volunteer it really does make a difference to your own life. It gives an incredible incredible feeling of the greatest and deepest satisfaction."

This huge increase of volunteers has been met with a huge need for them.

Many people have been forced to self isolate or shield meaning assistance was needed for basic tasks like shopping or getting medication. 

linda volunteering

Linda used the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service and was assigned to help distribute prescriptions:

"I think people are quite often unaware how to start volunteering. Whilst it goes on throughout the year I don't think people know all the small things they can do to help. 

"If someone had said to me 'here is a list pick one' I don't think this would have been my first choice. But, having spoken to the matching service I saw how I could help."

Community Impact Bucks also wanted to thank all the volunteers who are not part of local groups. 

Things like helping a neighbour with their shopping, or mowing their lawn are some common ways people volunteer their assistance without expectation of being recognised for their work. 

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