Leeds Community Cares Volunteering Scheme
The Leeds Community Cares Volunteering Scheme was set up in partnership with Leeds City Council and Voluntary Action Leeds in order to address growing needs in the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to co-ordinate getting food, medication and other support to vulnerable people across Leeds, tackling inequality in the city during what is a precarious time for many.
The Orion consortium are collectively covering the Chapel Allerton ward, with Space2 allocated as leading on a Tuesday. Our community support workers are in regular contact with 15 volunteers who have supported those in need with various requests for assistance. This has ranged from collecting food parcels and prescriptions to a friendly voice at the end of the phone. Working with Touchstone, the Orion consortium have dealt with an average of 65 referrals a week.
This change of role for our team has been challenging and rewarding and as Camille Thomas, Community Development Worker at Space2, says: “Quick thinking and adaptability are essential. The system is changing weekly so you have to be ready to do something completely differently to what you did the week before. It’s an amazing job to be doing and I am really glad to be a part of it – supporting those most in need in our city.”
Space2, in partnership with The Old Fire Station, Zest, Health Watch and GIPSIL are now also running the Leeds Cares Volunteering Scheme in Gipton, funded by Community Fund C-19 Response money. This has been running since the 29th June, and similarly works with amazing volunteers to do shopping, pharmacy collections and food parcel deliveries, meeting demand in the area.
We’d like to say a big thank-you to our funders, partners at Orion and the volunteers who are supporting this project and our communities.