Bristol celebrates new wave of community action this Volunteers’ Week: Emily Simmonds Volunteer

01 Jun 2020

Bristol celebrates new wave of community action this Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) this year will show how Bristol communities have pulled together to support one another during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bristol City Council, the voluntary sector and individuals across the city will share stories about their communities’ responses to coronavirus, and the impact it has had on their neighbourhoods.

Volunteers for key organisations such as Malcolm X Centre, Bristol Food Union, Muslims for Bristol, Humanitarian Aid Bristol, Hartcliffe and Withywood and Henbury and Brentry, are telling their stories of volunteering through short videos, as well as inviting people from across the city to share their experiences on social media.

Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol and Cabinet member for Communities said:

“Bristol’s volunteer networks have always played an integral part in our city, and make a huge contribution to the lives of so many residents. The way people have stepped up in very difficult cirucumstances to support their communities, and even people they have never met, is incredible.

“I want to thank all of the volunteers, both existing and new, and all of the organisations working together in response to the coronavirus, for their exceptionally hard work. Together we will get through this.”

Registrations for Can Do Bristol, the platform for supporting social and community action, have tripled over the past two months.

The platform has matched volunteers with a variety of opportunities to reach out to those that need help the most.

There has been; 1,263 regular shopping visits,  820 prescription collections, 908 people telephone befriending, 83 regular dog walkers and 258 working with other organisations.

Those who have volunteered in their communities are being encouraged to share their own experiences.

Please tag @CanDoBristol on Twitter and use the hashtag #BristolVolunteers and #cheersforvolunteers to share your story by posting your picture answering the question ‘What have you discovered about your community from the support people have shared?’ 

Anyone wanting to get involved in volunteering can find out how they can help at www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus-how-to-help

If you have any concerns about safeguarding in your neighbourhood, please contact Bristol’s Safeguarding team on 0117 922 2700.