Calling all of Rotherham’s everyday heroes – your community needs you to help us to support vulnerable people across the borough during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rotherham Council has established the Rotherham Community Hub with Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Together Partnership to coordinate the Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme.
From today, we will be registering individuals, organisations, clubs and businesses who want to volunteer. The programme will match volunteers and established groups to those people in need of help. Rotherham Heroes will support the government and statutory agencies to make sure that as many vulnerable individuals as possible get the right level of help, and that those volunteering get the information and advice that they need to operate safely and effectively.
The second phase of the campaign will follow shortly afterwards and will be a call out to residents to let us know if they need help. This could be help with shopping for essentials, pharmacy pick-ups, dog walking or simply having someone to talk to.
Rotherham Council’s Chief Executive, Sharon Kemp, said: “We are very proud to launch the Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme so that people who want to help and those who need support can do so safely in a co-ordinated way.”
Rotherham Council’s Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read, said: “It is in the DNA of the people of Rotherham to want to help in times of need and it isn’t surprising that people are already asking what they can do to help. The Rotherham Heroes programme will provide the organisation and structure required to deliver the best response our community can as we continue to rally round and support each other over the coming weeks and months.
“By becoming a Rotherham Heroes Volunteer, you will be making a real difference to people’s lives, especially the most isolated and those needing a little extra support.
“Everyone will want to ensure that we all stay safe. Volunteering to help vulnerable people in our community is permitted within the Government “stay at home” guidance so long as volunteers still maintain social distancing and follow the guidelines. The Council will be ensuring that all those taking part have all the information and advice that they need."
After registering, volunteers will be matched with local groups and residents requiring support. People, community groups or businesses who are interested in volunteering in their local areas can do so by signing up online or by calling 01709 807319