Wellingborough stewarding volunteers needed for vaccination site

Volunteers are needed to support Pravasi Mandal

Friday, 18th June 2021, 10:34 am

An urgent appeal has been issued for more steward volunteers in Wellingborough to support at vaccination sites where there is a high demand for vhelp.

Requests for steward volunteers have soared in recent weeks and there are now more than 2,000 shifts that need filling at sites across the country every day.

Wellingborough has seen a growing need for steward volunteers and the NHS is calling for help to get local people vaccinated over the summer, particularly in those areas of most vaccination need.

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Pravasi Mandal
Pravasi Mandal

Pravasi Mandal, a day care centre based in Elsden Road, is on the lookout to recruit volunteers to support with the efficient and safe movement of patients through vaccination sites, ensuring that social distancing measures are in place and identifying people who require additional help.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “We find ourselves at a crucial moment in the vaccination rollout. There is a real urgency to this, and we are working at pace to get all adults vaccinated as fast as possible.

"There is a particular need for steward volunteers to help the vaccination programme reach communities most in need. If you are able to help by joining the team, please don’t hesitate. Together we can get the jabs done.”

The NHS Steward Volunteers Volunteer Responders programme was set up by the NHS and is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM. Volunteers use a mobile phone app to choose what shifts they would like to do and when.

People interested are being asked to go to www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk to sign up as a steward volunteer. Shifts usually last up to six hours with expenses covered. No experience or qualifications are required and a full briefing is provided on-site.