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14th May 2020

Volunteering for the NHS: A Redbrik Responder’s insight

A member of our team has spoken of the ‘amazing, emotional and inspirational’ support which people in local communities have shown each other in recent weeks, after signing up to volunteer for the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis.

We’re extremely proud of the members of our team who have signed up as volunteers for the NHS – and one of our ‘Redbrik Responders’, Kirstie Snape, explains all about her experience of the NHS volunteer scheme.

“I wanted to join the scheme from having an urge to support people through difficult situations. I think it is absolutely amazing, emotional and inspiring how all communities have worked together to show their support for all the key workers.

When the volunteer scheme was first announced I just felt an overwhelming feeling of ‘what can I do to help?’ I’ve always been level-headed, calm and supportive in difficult situations or someone’s hour of need, and wanted to rally around, to be supportive and to be useful.

I am really looking forward to giving my time to someone else, whether that’s a phone call offering support or even dropping someone’s shopping at their doorstep. Crazily, after 14 years we’ve just started talking to the neighbours at the bottom of the garden – after five days of constant hedge cutting, and my son has even been round to mow their lawns!

All I had to do was click on a link I noticed on Facebook and complete the application form. Within five days I had been contacted via email with confirmation that my application had been approved.

Like the rest of us, I have also been touched by how supportive the global community has been throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

I love the social media support where parents are sharing best practice – including all the fun and games on how to keep their children entertained during lockdown.

Zoom is the new buzz word for 2020; I hope virtual quizzes and home-based fitness classes never end. There have been so, so many people giving up their time and talents to sing and entertain people on a Saturday night on Facebook. There are too many good causes to mention!

I just hope that when things turn a corner for the better, we reflect on everything we have learned during this time and we adapt it to our future.”

For more information on what the volunteers do or if you are a person in need of help, go to the website’ https://www.goodsamapp.org/home