Following the launch of the NHS Volunteer Responders on 25 March, over 750,000 volunteers have come forward to support health and care services respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Julia Ross, Executive Co-Chair of the Healthier Together partnership, and Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), said:
“I’d like to thank all the amazing volunteers who have put themselves forward to support health and care services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
“The actions carried out by each volunteer over the coming weeks will have a significant impact on people’s lives.”
Local Bedminster volunteer Ashleigh, 31, said “The NHS is an amazing service that most of us take for granted and it’s incredible to see how hard all of our doctors, nurses and NHS staff are working. I signed up to volunteer because I really wanted to help out in any way I could, by offering up some of my time to support everyone during this crisis and to give something back to those in need in the community”
In addition, more than 20,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have responded to the call for help by returning to the NHS.
Dr Martin Jones, Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG, said:
“Returning health and care professionals will be bringing significant expertise and many years of experience with them to support the fight against coronavirus.
“However, their return isn’t only about clinical treatment of patients – there’s also a need to provide a calming presence. The support these colleagues give will make more of a difference than ever before, not just to patients, but to colleagues and the wider community.”
Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG would love to hear more from local people on why they’ve decided to sign up as volunteers. To get in touch tag them on Twitter using @BNSSG_CCG, Facebook using @BNSSGCCG, or Instagram using @bnssg_ccg. Alternatively you can email at email@example.com.