Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has paid tribute to the voluntary and community sector for its response in ensuring the most vulnerable are cared for during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bob said he was talking daily with representatives from the voluntary and community sector to find out what they are doing to help vulnerable people and to find out what support they need from the government.
Speaking today (Tuesday), the MP has said:
“The voluntary sector provides a really important role in making sure people are getting the help they need. The whole community has really come together – as we often see on the Island”.
It’s said that the Isle of Wight Council is establishing a list of vulnerable people who need help and Community Action IW are matching volunteers with organisations who need help to manage the demand.
Citizens Advice IW had also been working with the Council and are particularly focussed on helping those struggling with debt and employment issues arising from the current situation.
“I am thankful for all the work the voluntary and community sector is doing, including town and parish councils, and the proactive partnership approach they are taking to help Islanders. I will be volunteering myself to help out where I can.”
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Chief Executive of Age UK IW, Jo Dare, said:
“We are very much working in partnership with the IW Council and Community Action IW on a joined up response and we are currently restructuring our workforce so that we can be as responsive as possible.
“We are looking to provide support with things like welfare checks, shopping and pet care.”
“I was assured by the government that a package of support for the voluntary sector is coming forward soon. I welcome this. The voluntary sector needs government support to continue their valuable work.”