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Check your volunteer helper is the real deal

Published Wednesday, 25th March 2020

The Government’s announcement yesterday means we are all staying at home and ensuring we are observing the social distancing guidance.

Worcestershire County Council is reminding people to follow normal checks to make sure their volunteer helpers are genuine.

 Over the last few days, social workers have reported a number of suspicious volunteers targeting vulnerable people in the county.

 The County Council’s advice is to take normal precautions but don’t be afraid to accept offers of help from those you know and trust.

 Councillor Adrian Hardman, cabinet member for Adult Social Care said: “While the majority of people are rallying round and being a good neighbour there are those who may sadly seek to exploit the situation.

 “It’s important to stay vigilant and remember to take normal precautions, if someone hasn’t made an appointment, it’s best to not let them in.”

 As the coronavirus epidemic progresses, it is likely that more people will be called on to help look out for their communities and their vulnerable residents.

Adrian added: “Community volunteers are going to have a huge role to play in helping us provide assistance to those most vulnerable in the coming months. We urge friends and neighbours to start looking out for those people they know who could be at risk and are trusted by them.”

The County Council recently launched a community action campaign called “Here 2 Help” to provide help and support to those who need it, and to encourage residents to support their local communities during these testing times.

Anyone who would like to volunteer, should contact us in the first instance via our Here2help website.