CVS Inverclyde (CVSI) has taken the opportunity to thank and recognise its 'Shielding and Prescription Collection' volunteers as the lifeline service is paused in line with national guidance
The shielding service, which started at the height of the pandemic in March 2020 and paused in July and was delivered in partnership with Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde Health and Social Partnership. (HSCP).
The CVSI Prescription Collection Service, delivered in partnership with Compassionate Inverclyde also paused in August.
Volunteers were linked with pharmacies and health centres, throughout Inverclyde, to collect prescriptions with those individuals unable to leave their homes due to shielding or other reasons and required support.
The recognition event was the first opportunity CVSI had to bring some of the volunteers together in light of current Covid-19 restrictions, with many meeting each other for the first time.
In total, 44 volunteers dedicated themselves to collecting prescriptions, dropping off food parcels, gathering shopping and carrying out wellbeing checks for those shielding across Inverclyde.
The service, which was accessed by nearly 1,300 people, complemented the delivery of the service by CVSI’s Community Link Workers.
A CVSI Shielding & Prescription Collection and volunteer said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed helping others and especially bringing a little bit of chat and sunshine to those that needed it the most.
“Everybody has done the best they could, and it was a pleasure to help.”
Reflecting on the volunteer’s dedication, Charlene Elliott, chief executive of CVSI, said:
“On behalf of all of the team at CVSI, we’d like to say a sincere thank you to those that dedicated and volunteered to support those most in need.
“When the service launched in March, we were amazed by how quickly it evolved and grew, both in terms of the level of need within the community but also the number of people who came forward and volunteered.
“Many have gone above and beyond what was required, all to support the local community, and it is right that they are recognised and celebrated.”
Commenting on behalf of Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde HSCP, Provost, Martin Brennan said:
“The Inverclyde community response to Covid-19 has been awe-inspiring. In every village and every town, volunteers have stepped up to the plate. Where anyone was in need, volunteers stepped forward to meet that need.
“It is a tribute to the volunteers that there were, and still are, far too many to mention by name. What they have done for the residents of Inverclyde is exceptional.”
CVS Inverclyde has also launched its ‘Thank You Inverclyde’ campaign, aimed at recognising the critical role that third sector groups, partners, staff and volunteers played during then pandemic and is running throughout September 2020
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