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1,400 step up to volunteer in their neighbourhoods

More than 1,400 city residents have stepped up in answer to a call for volunteers to be there for their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Swansea Council for Voluntary Service and Swansea Council put out the plea for support last month after the scale of the challenges of the pandemic became clear.

Now SCVS is sifting through offers so that volunteers can be placed where they're needed most.

Amanda Carr of SCVS said: "Over the last three weeks, more than 1,400 people have registered with us to offer their time to help those in need.

"This staggering number means that, for now, we now need to focus on making sure that everyone who has signed up already is supported into roles where they are most needed, so we're temporarily closing to new volunteer applications."

But she added: "We anticipate that as the situation changes over the coming months that we may need to reopen recruitment for new roles - watch this space, and follow us on our social channels (see below) to sign up again in the future."

Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "It's great news that so many people have wanted to get involved to support their neighbours so quickly.

"I want to pay tribute to them, to ward councillors, to the council's Local Area Co-ordinators and to SCVS for demonstrating that they are here for the most vulnerable in Swansea.

"There's never been a time when people have needed organisations like SCVS and the Council more than they do now. It's truly heartening to see so many people with so many skills wanting to play their part."

Thank you to all of you that have already registered, and rest assured that SCVS be in touch with more information as soon as possible.

In the meantime, anyone wanting to find out how to volunteer informally, directly assisting others within their local community, can contact their Local Area Coordinator - or the Local Area Coordination Team via local.areacoordination@swansea.gov.uk

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