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Vulnerable islanders encouraged to contact Jersey volunteer network for support

Nearly 3,000 volunteers and 170 businesses are working with parishes and charities as part of the government's Connect Me scheme. Credit: Government of Jersey

People in Jersey who may be home alone and vulnerable are being encouraged to tap into support put in place by the government’s Connect Me scheme.

Nearly 3,000 volunteers and 170 businesses are working with parishes and charities to offer a range of services including food deliveries, dog walking, and even telephone calls for lonely people who just want somebody to talk to.

Deputy Judy Martin, who chairs the new Community Steering Group, urged people to contact their parish hall or visit gov.je/connectme if they needed such help.

I want to thank everyone in the community, charitable and voluntary sector, the people who have come forward to volunteer their services, and those who are looking out for their neighbours.

You are showing the best of Jersey’s community spirit – whether you’re helping Islanders in need of practical support or offering a sympathetic ear and a friendly voice to those who are struggling through this period of isolation.

– Deputy Judy Martin, chair of the Community Steering Group

St Helier Constable, Simon Crowcroft, urged anybody willing to volunteer their help to get in touch.

All the Parishes welcome volunteers new and old at this time. Even if you need to be in isolation yourself, if you are well and want to, there are ways you can help. From simply telephoning someone living alone and in need of conversation, to walking the dog of a islander who cannot leave the house.

– Constable Simon Crowcroft, Constable of St Helier

Malcolm Ferey is heading up the new Community Taskforce of volunteers.

Malcolm Ferey is heading up the new Community Taskforce of volunteers. Credit: Government of Jersey

Our task is to match up the skills of our willing volunteers with needs of Islanders and with the charities which already exist to support our community, but who need more people to manage the current demand.

There are some great examples of where this is already happening, with volunteers helping to deliver critical services, through organisations such as the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and Age Concern.

– Malcolm Ferey, Jersey Citizens Advice

Volunteers can register to help at volunteer.je.

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