COVID-19: More than 200 Western Isles residents answer call for volunteers

James Muir, who is working for the volunteer registration helpdesk. NO F15 James Muir
James Muir, who is working for the volunteer registration helpdesk. NO F15 James Muir

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More than 200 offers of help have been received since Comhairle nan Eilean Siar launched a service last week to collect details of individuals and community groups throughout the Western Isles looking to provide volunteering support during COVID-19.

Wednesday April 1 saw confirmation of the Western Isles’ third case of coronavirus. The cases are all on the Isle of Lewis with all individuals managing their symptoms at home. They were being followed up daily by NHS staff.

Joan Muir is a volunteer with Stornoway Community Council. NO F15 Joan Muir
Joan Muir is a volunteer with Stornoway Community Council.
NO F15 Joan Muir

Comhairle leader Roddie Mackay said: ‘When the call went out for volunteer help, we knew many in our islands would step forward. The Western Isles remains a community which truly understands what the concept of ‘community’ really means.

‘I am full of admiration for those who have volunteered and whilst I would have expected nothing less, it is still overwhelming to see the kindness and consideration, and not a little courage, from those contributing voluntarily.

‘Their efforts and commitment, together with all those employed in delivering crucial services at this time, should lift our spirits and give us all encouragement during what is, undoubtedly, a troubling and challenging time for our islands.’

Individuals and community groups throughout the Western Isles looking to provide volunteering support during Covid-19 can still register and are encouraged to complete a Volunteer Registration Form or call the service on 01851 822899. Enquiries can also be channelled to volunteer@cne-siar.gov.uk