How One Westminster can help you volunteer during this crisis
These are unprecedented times and One Westminster is doing all we can to help the Westminster Voluntary Sector and the community in any way we can. We also know that the situation is changing daily and that emails can well be out of date before they are written.
Our main activity over the coming period will be assisting in allocating citizens who want to volunteer to where they can be of most use. To help us get this right, please let us know what, if any, volunteering support you need in the immediate to near future.
We think that food security and accessing food is going to be the immediate priority. Three categories of clients are likely to face challenges around accessing food:
1. Self-isolating older people or those with long-term conditions
In the absence of a national government scheme, we want to do all we can to help in this regard. If you have the capacity to support people around food, please let us know. If you have people contacting you to advise they are hungry please let us know so we can pass this information on to someone who can assist. Please tell us what you need and we will do our best to secure a way of getting you that help.
For the immediate future should you receive calls of people offering to volunteer, please feel free to direct them to our www.onewestminster.org.uk website and to follow the Covid-19 Volunteer link, where they will be able to complete a form and we can direct them to where they can be of most help. HOWEVER, THE BEST THING YOU CAN SAY TO ANYONE WHO CONTACTS YOU IS TO PLEASE MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION – HOWEVER GREAT OR SMALL – TO NORTH PADDINGTON OR WESTMINSTER FOOD BANKS.
Finally, we at One Westminster, are fully aware that many voluntary organisations have diversified their funding over the past 10 years and may be reliant on earned income alongside grant income or contracts. If the Covid-19 crisis is likely to affect your income as a result of this, please could you let us know so that we can report back to Westminster Council and Government on the impact the crisis is having on the local charity sector.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues on our email addresses at any time and we will continue to do our best to help you.
Our current strap-line is: KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE WHILE HELPING OUR COMMUNITY
To this end, see below our current advice regarding public volunteering:
Do all keep safe and well, and we hope to have contact with you soon.
Jackie Rosenberg, One Westminster CEO