5,000 volunteers come forward to help people stuck inside homes in Leeds

The numbers of people who have signed up to a voluntary scheme in Leeds has passed 5,000, as the council looks to match up helpers with those in need.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 1:58 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 2:00 pm

Leeds City Council announced earlier this week it would be partnering with Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) to coordinate those wanting to help the elderly and vulnerable during the coronavirus lockdown.

The council launched a helpline this week to ensure anyone finding themselves stuck inside can call 0113 3781877 and be matched with a local volunteer who can help.

The council confirmed the current total of volunteers currently stands at 5,232, in addition to the near-half a million people nationally who volunteered to help the NHS.

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Leeds has seen more than 5,000 volunteers come forward in less than a week.

Anyone who feels they are able can volunteer for a range of different roles dependant on availability and preference by visiting www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk, emailing [email protected] or calling 0113 2977920.

Once signed-up they will receive training and then be matched with opportunities locally to help.

Support can include tasks such as shopping deliveries, preparing meals, dog walking, making check-in phone calls or as an informal volunteer within their own neighbourhood in more general ways.

The council and VAL have enlisted a network of charities across all 33 wards to match volunteers with those having contacted the council on the helpline number to ask for assistance.

Launched last week the Community Care Programme ensures those in need get the help they require while keeping everyone safe in the process.

Those who have a DBS “police” check are particularly being encouraged to come forward at this time.