Remote volunteer with Community Impact Bucks in response to COVID-19
Ellie joined Community Impact Bucks as a volunteer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteering from home, she supports the Volunteer Matching Service which involves contacting people who registered with Buckinghamshire Council to volunteer, as well as placing volunteers with Bucks organisations which are in need of an extra pairs of hands.
“There’s so much positivity out there and willingness to help. Everyone is so grateful to have a call and the opportunity to dig in to help. I have also come across some lovely projects which are run by volunteers to specifically help local communities,” Ellie explains. “Every tiny corner of the day is full but it’s nice to do something from home to help.”
Ellie’s role was set up early on in the crisis though she envisages the Volunteer Matching Service will be more long-term: “Volunteer vacancies will start to reappear as time goes on as volunteers, who were maybe furloughed, will start returning back to work.” She also runs a voluntary group, Cook n Chat, where young people volunteer at a monthly social club for teenagers with low communication skills to cook and talk about country-themed food.Back