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Volunteers helping protect the most in need

Published Thursday, 23 April 2020

Volunteers in Coventry are making an extraordinary effort, in exceptional circumstances, to support hundreds of residents in Coventry who are most in need.

Operation Shield was set up nationally at the end of March to support people who are under strict instruction to stay at home by the NHS because they are seriously ill, living with a disability or have ongoing medical conditions – to protect them from the Coronavirus.

In the city over the past few weeks more than 6,000 Coventry people have been contacted.

In that time 1,189 people have been sent food parcels, while medicines have also been delivered.

The project is being run as part of a joint effort by the Council’s adult services, Libraries services, transportation services and volunteers from CV Life, Culture Coventry Trust and Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Mal Mutton, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “The effort by volunteers has been unbelievable. This has been a massive humanitarian effort - volunteers have been contacting dozens of people every day. The scheme has helped hundreds of people who are medically vulnerable and who have to stay at home – and not go out at all.

“I have heard many amazing examples of the work by volunteers and the responses from people who have been supported by the scheme.

“I’m really grateful to everyone involved.”   

Over the last few weeks Cllr O’Boyle and other volunteers have been calling hundreds of Coventry residents who have been identified by the Government as vulnerable.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle cabinet member for jobs and regeneration said, “If you are an elderly person or someone with an underlying health condition, self-isolation can be a particularly challenging and lonely time for you. That’s why I am so pleased to be a part of a fantastic team of volunteers who were able to start the process of getting our most vulnerable residents the support they need.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen people from across Coventry roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. I thought it was only right, I do the same.

“There is a long history in this city, of residents coming together and supporting each other during difficult times. Being born and raised in Coventry myself, I’m really proud but not surprised at the wonderful ways local people are pulling together and playing their part in fighting this virus.”

Paul Breed CEO of CVLife (the organisation which usually runs major leisure, sports and health facilities including the Wave in Coventry) said that it is an incredible effort by everyone involved.

He added: “We have dozens of volunteers who are contacting many people who are isolating to protect themselves from the dangerous impact this virus could have on them. Every call matters and there has been such a positive reaction from residents who are just grateful that people want to help.

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