eltonioni wrote:.. how does somebody take advantage of the volunteer pool if you're not already within the orbit of the wider social services?... The local volunteer errand runners could head them off at the pass for the mundane risky stuff if they weren't slipping through the net.
~2 weeks ago our Parish (once a separate village, now effectively a suburb, but with its own Parish Council) organised a scheme whereby in every Street every household would be leafleted, and the leaflets would give 'phone #s and email addresses of all the 'less vulnerable' in the Street who would be willing to help the 'vulnerable', particularly citing shopping as a possible request. In our Street about half the households have named themselves as 'willing'. We (2 'oldies') haven't had to use them (yet!).
I gather that this is being done in all Parishes in the parent Borough, and I assume in many other places also. Here, the initiative came from the Anglican Diocese, I believe (the civil and ecclesiastical Parish boundaries largely coincide), but has been non-denominational and secular in orgaisation and presentation; one of 'our' volunteers is my young Gujarati (believed Hindu) neighbour. Local TV news one evening showed a local Mosque as the epicentre of a similar (also non-denominational) initiative.
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