“…I stand shoulder to shoulder (virtually) with volunteers across the UK doing very special things, acts of kindness that greatly benefit people and communities at a time of suffering for people across the world…”
Rosemary, RSVP Volunteer, Forth Valley.
Covid, community response and our impact
When Covid-19 struck in March 2020, it was clear that there needed to be a community wide response right across the UK. The six months that followed have been some of the hardest that people have ever faced, from the initial lockdown to the uneasy coexistence with the virus, from the fear of losing loved ones to the reality of losing jobs and the opportunity to study. Despite this, throughout the UK, volunteering and social action enabled a wave of
people-powered support for those most in need; people selflessly giving their time to assist the most vulnerable in our communities, helping them to navigate these unprecedented challenges safely.
This report highlights the impact we had in the first six months of the pandemic, and the amazing response of our volunteers. Download the report to find out more about our response to Covid from March – September 2020.
“I have had the support to get through other struggles that many of our women didn’t have the privilege to forget
during the pandemic…I’m so proud to be a volunteer for Volunteering Matters and to be part of the
incredible support that’s given to communities right across the UK.”
Lanai, WASSUP and Full Time Volunteer, Ipswich.
The Change Stories highlighted in our Covid Impact report would not have been possible without the dedication and passion of our staff, volunteers, partners and funders across the UK. It is thanks to them that our volunteers could rapidly adapt to local community needs.
In addition to those mentioned in the report, we would also like to thank the following for their generosity and belief in our work:
- CHK Foundation
- Deutsche Bank
- Discovery Channel
- Eveson Charitable Trust
- Gannochy Trust
- Graham Kirkham Foundation
- Henry Oldfield Trust
- Jecda Foundation
- London Southend Airport
- Masonic Charitable Foundation
- National Grid
- National Lottery Community Fund
- Peacock Charitable Trust
- players of People’s Postcode Lottery awarding funds from Postcode Support Trust
- Roan Charitable Trust
- Robertson Trust
- Royal British Legion
- RS Macdonald Charitable Trust
- Stanley and Barbara Fink Charitable Foundation
- Tesco Bags for Help
- Volant Charitable Trust
As well as local and national governments across England, Scotland and Wales, and all of our wonderful individual donors for enabling us to achieve so much over the past 6 months.View Report