Thank you very much to all of those who have got in touch with me to volunteer to help our community during the COVID-19 outbreak so far. I am touched by the number of you who have indicated you would be willing to help, and I am beyond grateful to have received such a large response.
Leeds City Council have since contacted me to coordinate a joint response across the Leeds area to ensure the safety of everyone involved in any volunteering efforts. To that end, the Council are setting up a designated phone number and email address for those willing to volunteer. Anyone wishing to help is asked to contact Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) at Doing Good in Leeds emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0113 297 7920. Community groups forming with the aim of providing help are also asked to contact VAL so a volunteer manager can be involved in the process.
I would like to encourage you to ensure you follow Government guidance when carrying out any personal or coordinated volunteering activities and to not do anything to put yourselves or others into potential contact with the COVID-19 virus, however small you feel the risks may be. There has been a substantial response to this request, and I can personally assure you that there is no shortage of volunteers at this stage.
The Government do appreciate that they are asking a lot of the public, but we must all follow the guidance to self-isolate and socially distance ourselves as applicable.This is crucial to stopping the spread of the virus to those who are most vulnerable, and I am very grateful to my constituents, and those outside of my constituency, who are following the guidance so dutifully.