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Volunteers are making a difference – can you join them?

Three volunteers working at the Greendale Vaccination Centre

Posted on: 13 August 2021

More than 2,400 volunteers have clocked up over 68,000 hours supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout from vaccination centres in Plymouth and Exeter. 

Meteorologist Helen Almond says she was inspired to volunteer because some of her family have been working for the NHS through the pandemic:

“I felt there wasn’t a lot I could do as a regular person, but when the opportunity to volunteer came up it seemed like it was a chance to do something to help in a small way.”  

With many people going back to work, the NHS is looking for more volunteer marshals and stewards to help out at Greendale near Exeter and Home Park in Plymouth. 

And from September, older age groups and frontline health and care workers will be offered booster jabs, so vaccination centres will continue to need volunteers. 

Volunteering is flexible to fit around individual availability and is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Volunteers can offer to work a single shift, or several over a single day or even across different days.

Exeter COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Greendale operates 12 hours a day, seven days per week with volunteers able to sign up to work four hour shifts, with shifts available from 8.00am – midday, midday – 4.00pm and 4.00pm – 8.00pm.

If you’d like to volunteer, you can fill in a simple application form on the ‘Our Plymouth’ website, which is the regional volunteering organisation that is coordinating the volunteers for all Mass Vaccination Centres in Devon. 

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