23 March 2020
Following the creation of a Community Steering Group, chaired by the Social Security Minister, Deputy Judy Martin, the Government is working with Parishes, the voluntary and community sector and local businesses to lead plans that will ensure Islanders receive the help they need, when they need it, in a safe and sustainable way.
Part of this this important work will be delivered through a volunteering working group, headed up by Malcom Ferey, Chief Executive of Citizen’s Advice Jersey. To harness the willingness of Islanders who are keen to offer their time with those who need it, as effectively as possible, anyone wanting to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic is asked to register with their skills, qualifications and availability on volunteer.je.
Volunteers will receive a same-day acknowledgement that their details have been registered and will then be contacted as soon as they are matched to a community need. Islanders can also register to volunteer via their Parish Hall.
The Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin said: “It is so encouraging to see the energy and enthusiasm from members of the public offering to support vulnerable Islanders. We are lucky to have so many people willing to give up their time to help others. By coordinating efforts, we can ensure that the right help reaches the right people, when they need it.
“Meanwhile, I encourage Islanders to continue supporting their friends, family and neighbours whilst following the guidance on the Government website.”
Islanders needing help should continue to call the Government helpline on 445566 or contact their Parish Hall, where they will be directed to the support they need.
To help deliver their services, charities and community organisations needing additional volunteers should add roles via volunteer.je or call the helpline on 445566.
The coordination of volunteering efforts is the first of a number of activities being developed by the Steering Group. Further updates will follow over the coming week.