Volunteer Packer / Driver Volunteering In CAIS Coronavirus Hardship Fund Service
Steve contacted CVSC about taking up a volunteer position and was referred to CAIS as a minibus driver. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, he chose to become a volunteer driver for the CAIS hardship fund service.
Sian, also a volunteer with CAIS, helps Steve prepare the food bags for distribution.
The van was part funded by the Gwynt Y Môr Community Fund Small Grant Scheme up to £10,000, which Neil Pringle from CVSC manages. Although the van is predominately used by Porter’s Café, it has also been used by the hardship fund service during these unprecedented times.
CAIS volunteers not only have access to PPE while volunteering, but thanks to Gwynt y Môr Covid Response Fund they have also been provided with their own PPE for travelling to and from their places of volunteering.
Quote from Steve - 'Thank you for the CAIS PPE travel pack. As a member of the team that sees first hand the relief our efforts bring to lots of people.'
Quote from Sian - 'As a volunteer it is reassuring to have been provided with hand gel for my personal use and access to disposable face masks when I attend the CAIS office to undertake my voluntary work.'
This service has expanded beyond the Conwy area. Volunteering hours carried out since 23rd March 2020 to date:-
Crisis food parcel support - 88 hours
Delivery driver - 40 hours
Shopper – 62.75 hours
These statistics were provided by Claire Jones, CAIS Project Manager who said, ‘Since March 23rd CAIS Volunteers have given 913 hours of their time averaging 48 hours each!
Claire Jones , Project Manager, stated ‘Our volunteers have been amazing throughout this year. Not only those who have helped us deliver our services during Covid 19 but also those patiently waiting to come back to their roles’
Ceri Jones, Volunteering Development Officer, stated ‘CVSC Volunteering Team have a close working relationship with CAIS, and it was nice to meet Steve and Sian, and find out about the excellent volunteering they are carrying out, well done to both of them’.