Aberdeenshire people urged to volunteer for 'Hour of Need' campaign

With the country effectively in lockdown, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is calling on people in Aberdeenshire to volunteer for an ‘hour per week’ or more to help their local community through the winter.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 6:25 am
Even a call to someone feeling vulnerable or lonely can make a big difference.
Even a call to someone feeling vulnerable or lonely can make a big difference.

The charity’s Hour of Need campaign, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is calling for a repeat of the groundswell of generosity and positivity it saw back in March when people stepped forward to volunteer.

The call for volunteers comes on the back of research finding that more than 4.9 million over 50s, many with health conditions and without family nearby, say they would benefit from volunteer help.

In Scotland, research revealed that 42 per cent of people are concerned about the lack of support their friends or family will have access to throughout winter.

Requests for help from the vulnerable and the NHS are rapidly increasing and volunteers are needed in Aberdeenshire to support with a range of valuable services.

There are a variety of roles available, from helping vulnerable people recover at home after a hospital stay, to serving refreshments to NHS staff and patients in the RVS retail estate. Particularly in demand are volunteers to help transport patients to or from hospital or the GP, so that shielding and vulnerable people can still attend vital medical appointments safely and confidently.

Sarah Murray, RVS Commissioned Service Operations Manager in Aberdeenshire, said: “It’s already been an incredibly tough year for both our clients and the NHS, and the new lockdown presents even more challenges.

"The truth is that the more volunteers we have on board, the faster our communities will recover. If you can spare even just an hour a week you’ll be doing an amazing thing for Aberdeenshire.”

Lisa Belletty, Health and Wellbeing Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We’re delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have been able to support Royal Voluntary Service in its incredible efforts throughout the crisis so far. We now stand by the charity in its call for thousands more volunteers to help us move forward in the next phase of the fight against Covid-19.”

Find out more at hourofneed.org.uk.