A new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer.
While the most important ask for the public remains to stay at home and follow the essential public health guidance, people who are healthy and not at risk can volunteer to provide practical or emotional help to those most in need.
Those wanting to volunteer to support their communities have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website:
• returning NHS workers will be directed to existing voluntary arrangements in NHS Scotland
• people wishing to offer their support to our public services, including the NHS and local authorities, will be directed to a site co-ordinated by the British Red Cross
• those looking for opportunities with other charities or community groups in their area will be directed to Volunteer Scotland for information
SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan commented: “The weeks and months ahead are going to be difficult, but I have been heartened by the number of people across the islands who are looking to make a difference in their communities.
“While not everyone will be able to volunteer, this new Scottish Government campaign will help people to make a real difference.
“The Scottish Government is working closely with local government and a range of partners to co-ordinate the volunteering effort across Scotland.
“Through the readyscotland.org website, people can be connected to where their contribution is most needed in their community. For some, that may involve roles responding to specific needs in health and social care. For others, it may be that we draw on their skills, enthusiasm and energy in the weeks and months to come.
“It is important to remember that the most helpful thing many of us can continue to do to help the NHS is to stay at home and follow all COVID-19 guidance.”
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has established a dedicated service to collect details of individuals throughout the Western Isles who are looking for support during Covid-19.
Those seeking help are being asked to complete the Request for Support Form to provide their contact details and the type of support they require. For those who cannot access online services please call the Council on 01851 600 501.
The Comhairle will gather the information about who needs support and work alongside community groups to both coordinate and provide local support across the Western Isles.