The Torbay Community Helpline is asking for specialist mental health befrienders – people with counselling or specialist experience – to get in touch as calls from people that are struggling continue to rise.
St John Ambulance are also looking for people to drive others to vaccination centres, people to chaperone those that are nervous and people to act as marshalls and maintain social distancing.
Vaccinations for extremely vulnerable over 80-year-olds referred by their doctors started last week at the Riviera Centre in Torquay. Because the vaccines from Pfizer have to be kept in strictly controlled temperature conditions, they will only be administered at the RICC; they cannot be done in people’s homes.
St John Ambulance staff are helping administer the vaccinations, but more volunteers are needed to help marshall people in and out as well as provide support services.
“At last there is light at the end of the year that was 2020, and we need help for one last push, “ said a spokesperson for the Torbay Community Helpline. “St John are doing great work, but will need help from volunteers.
“We know from before when more than 1000 people came forward to volunteer, that we will get the help that we need. Hopefully, this represents one last push in to 2021.”
If you can help with befriending, please contact the Torbay Community Helpline on 01803 446022, which for the next two weeks (commencing December 21st) is from 10 am to 2pm Monday to Thursday.
If you can help with the rollout of the vaccinations, please email: NHS-Vaccinations@sja.org.uk or call 0333 0154411