A website has launched in Jersey to match islanders with the services they require during the coronavirus pandemic.
Connect Me combines the resources available from the government, the parishes, the voluntary and community sector, local businesses and individuals.
So far, over 2,000 people and 170 businesses have registered to help out.
Services are split into four categories:
- Addressing critical needs – This includes things like food deliveries for those in hardship and dog walking for individuals who cannot leave their homes.
- Providing information – This includes linking customers to lists of retailers offering food delivery and information on how to access Income Support and emergency accommodation.
- Coordinating new volunteers – This involves working with the volunteer.je website to collate volunteer details to deploy the most appropriate people to the charities and individuals who are most in need.
- Supporting voluntary and community sector organisations – During times of heightened demand, Connect Me can help ensure organisations are well resourced to support Islanders.
Anyone who is fit and well, is encouraged to register as a volunteer here.
There are a wide range of roles, both in the community - such as delivering essential supplies and hot meals - to home based roles, such as translating or calling someone in need of a chat.