Following the creation of a Community Steering Group, chaired by Social Security Minister Judy Martin, the government is now working with the parishes, the voluntary and community sector and local businesses on plans to deliver ‘safe and sustainable’ assistance where it is needed.
To help deliver this, a volunteering working group, led by Citizens’ Advice chief executive Malcolm Ferey, has been established to
‘harness the willingness’ of Islanders who would like to offer their time.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic is being asked to register, detailing their skills, qualifications and availability, at 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 alternatively register to volunteer at their parish hall.
Deputy 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 co-ordinating 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 at volunteer.je or call the helpline.