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Call goes out for more Steward Volunteers at Lancashire vacccination sites

Volunteers who can help at their local Covid Vaccination centre are being asked to register to fill growing demand for help.

NHS Volunteer Responders have put a call out for more Steward Volunteers across Lancashire to support local vaccination sites in Blackburn, Burnley and Chorley.

Requests for Steward Volunteers have soared in recent weeks and there are now over 2,000 shifts that need filling in sites across the country every day. 

Volunteers are needed at the following local sites: Blackburn – Blackburn Cathedral and Masjid e Saliheen Mosque; Burnley – Stoneyholme & Daneshouse Youth & Community Centre and Burnley The Mall; Chorley – Buckshaw Village Surgery; Hyndburn – ACT Accrington vaccination site.

Steward Volunteers support with the efficient and safe movement of patients through vaccination sites, ensuring that social distancing measures are in place and identifying people who require additional support.

The NHS Steward Volunteers Volunteer Responders programme was set up by the NHS and is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM. Volunteers use a mobile phone app to choose what shifts they would like to do and when.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “We find ourselves at a crucial moment in the vaccination rollout.  

“There is a real urgency to this, and we are working at pace to get all adults vaccinated as fast as possible. There is a particular need for steward volunteers to help the vaccination programme reach communities most in need. If you are able to help by joining the team, please don’t hesitate. Together we can get the jabs done.”

Andrew Clarke, a Steward Volunteer said: “I like working in a team environment, so the Steward Volunteer role came naturally to me. I love meeting new people, I am very sociable and one of the jobs as a Steward is to help with queue management, so I will often be chatting to everyone in the queues, asking how they are, where they are from. I have met some interesting people along the way.

“It’s great to see the younger generations coming along for their jabs and it really is a buzz to see them after they have had their jab and are on the way out. It is a good feeling.

“I enjoy it a lot and I have no plans to stop volunteering even though I have recently started a new interim job role, I want to be a Steward Volunteer all the way through this rollout.

People interested are being asked to go to click here to sign up as a Steward Volunteer.

Shifts usually last up to six hours with your expenses covered. No experience or qualifications are required and a full briefing is provided on site.