Posted: Sun 24th Oct 2021

Charity looking to “harness the power of kindness” in Wrexham as it appeals for new volunteers for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A charity is hoping to “harness the power of kindness” shown in Wrexham during the pandemic as it looks to build on the surge of community action and recruit hundreds of new volunteers around the UK.

Kate Griffiths, British Red Cross Director for Wales, who is launching the appeal, has urged people to ask themselves if they could give “just a few hours each week” to make a big difference in people’s lives.

The Red Cross has been responding to coronavirus since the outbreak began, as its volunteers continued to support the most vulnerable communities through the crisis.

The charity reached over two million people in the UK since March 2020, providing food, medicines, emotional and wellbeing support, transport to and from hospital, as well as a range of education resources online.

At the height of the pandemic, and while people were in prologued periods of lockdown, communities across the UK rallied with people supporting charities, community organisations, friends and neighbours, foodbanks and mutual aid groups.

The charity is now looking for volunteers to aid their Independent Living services in Wrexham.

The British Red Cross has also played a key role in the response to the pandemic in Wales since it started, helping people get their vaccines, supporting those hardest hit by providing practical and emotional support through its dedicated Covid-19 support line, providing cash grants, food and other essential supplies to people in urgent need, and through supporting the Welsh Government’s volunteer prescription delivery scheme.

For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. Helping someone get their essential shopping, pick up their prescription or get the heating turned on can make all the difference for them to feel safe at home.

Amongst other roles, the charity is looking for people who would be able to offer practical and emotional support to people discharged from hospital, whether that’s stocking the fridge, feeding the cat or a just cup of tea and chat.

Kate Griffiths, British Red Cross Director for Wales said: “The last 18 months have, for all of us, been like no other.

“We could not have pulled through without the support of the dedication and kindness of our volunteers. However, as we emerge from the pandemic, we expect a surge in demand for support this winter.

“This is where you come in. Volunteering just a few hours each week could make a big difference to people in need. We have roles to suit everyone, no matter how much time you have to give and whatever your experience.

“It could also be great for you. From meeting other like-minded and passionate people to learning new skills that could help your career, the British Red Cross is a place where you will be supported and recognised for what you do.

“Please, if you can, visit our website and sign-up today.”

Volunteers are a crucial way for the British Red Cross to support people in crisis and the charity is encouraging people to sign up. Visit the website to find an opportunity near you.

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