Together We Can: Over 2,000 volunteers registered to help local vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 crisis

Posted on Thursday 9 April 2020

2,100 volunteers have contacted Together We Can - a volunteer hub and dedicated helpline to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis – to offer their help to local residents in the most need.

BCP Council, in partnership with Community Action Network (CAN) and Faithworks, set up Together We Can just two weeks ago to appeal for help. The scheme invites vulnerable residents who have no support to make contact, and they are then matched with a local volunteer. Many of the volunteers have been able to help deliver vital food and medicine to vulnerable people in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Thanks to our volunteers, we have been able to offer the following help:

  • We have called and supported nearly 2,000 vulnerable people
  • We have matched over 500 volunteers to vulnerable people who have asked for help.
  • We have issued emergency food for over 100 people

Councillor Slade, Leader of BCP Council said:

“We are so encouraged to hear that over 2,000 volunteers from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have joined our Together We Can Covid-19 community response. Whether you’ve delivered food parcels, comforted people on the phone or been matched up with a vulnerable resident needing help – I thank you. I know some volunteers are waiting to be allocated a role – please bear with us; we’ve had such an amazing response it is taking us a little time to get in touch with everyone, but we will be in touch really soon. Once again, thank you. Together, we can fight covid19, and help to save lives.”

The dedicated helpline is 0300 123 7052 and will be open 8am – 8pm seven days a week

Want to volunteer?

People wanting to get involved and help with the Together We Can Volunteer Hub can register their details by visiting: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/TogetherWeCan. Please do not call the helpline number as this is only for vulnerable residents who need vital help.