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Details on how to register to volunteer in Wales during coronavirus crisis published

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have already signed up to help the NHS in England. Credit: PA Images

Details on how volunteers in Wales can support the most vulnerable, the NHS and local services during the coronavirus crisis have been published by the Welsh Government.

There had been criticism of the Welsh Government and confusion after a scheme was launched in England which attracted hundreds of thousands of volunteers.

Initially, the First Minister said there were already established volunteering schemes in Wales.

The Welsh Government has since clarified its position and is urging people to register their interest via the website 'volunteering-wales.net'.

Initially, the First Minister said there were already established volunteering schemes in Wales.

An initial fund of £24m has been announced to support Wales’ voluntary sector in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

An additional £15m is being spent to ensure those unable to leave their home can get direct deliveries of food and other essential items to their door.

There have already been thousands showing interest in volunteering in Wales, according to Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

We have been overwhelmed by the number of volunteers in Wales stepping forward to help at this time. The traffic to the Volunteer Wales website has more than tripled since Monday with over 10,500 visits on Thursday alone.

Volunteer efforts in communities around Wales are vital in helping to take pressure off the NHS.

– Ruth Marks, CEO of Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Wales' Chief Medical Officer has sent letters to 75,000 people in Wales deemed vulnerable.

The Environment Minister said "new weekly boxes of essential food will be provided to those people who have been sent a letter by the NHS and who are ‘shielding’."

Lesley Griffiths AM added: "This will provide essential supplies free of charge to the most vulnerable people in Wales.

" My message to people is clear – if you are unable to get deliveries of food or ask family and friends to help, we will help ensure you are fed.

“These new food boxes will not only protect our most vulnerable but help them follow medical guidelines to stay at home, protect lives and our NHS.”

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