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-1CAIS 2Steve emptying the van in readiness to fill the food bags.9 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 expanCAISCeri Jones, CVSC Volunteering Development officer with CAIS Volunteer, Steve (left) and CAIS Employer and Volunteer Liaison, Wendy Williams (right).ded 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!

CAIS 3A small sample of all the food CAIS are distributing.                                                                                                     


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’.

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