The dedicated volunteers who support Plymouth’s life-saving drive to vaccinate tens of thousands of people in the city are celebrating an incredible 100,000 hours of volunteering.
The hardy, everyday people who have donated their time to help make the Covid-19 vaccination programme a resounding success at Home Park have been selflessly volunteering each day for 18 months.
Without their commitment to helping organise and staff the rollout, the remarkable extent of the vital vaccine programme simply would not have been possible.
More than 2,500 volunteers have helped NHS staff with more than 100,000 hours at Home Park, the venue generously lent to the NHS by Plymouth Argyle Football Club, as part of the crucial mission to protect Plymouth’s population. More than 2.8 million jabs have been administered across Devon in that time.
The milestone moment comes as the nation marks National Volunteers Week from June 1, seven days of saying thank you to the people who dedicate their time to others.
The ongoing volunteer programme has been organised by Our Plymouth CIC, the community organisation that supports and promotes volunteering opportunities across the city.
Martin Mills, Director of Our Plymouth, said: “The volunteer programme at Home Park has been astounding, a victory for the values we hold dear in Plymouth – generosity, kindness and the spirit of togetherness that sees us bind together so often in the face of adversity.
“I’d like to thank each and every person who has given up their time to help the population of Plymouth protect themselves against the Covid-19 virus.
“Thanks to your time, dedication and commitment, you have literally helped save lives and we will be forever grateful.”
Our Plymouth is a Community Interest Company set up to help charitable organisations recruit volunteers in the city. Its website – ourplymouth.co.uk – is home to countless volunteering opportunities that organisations are free to post. Potential volunteers can easily search and find opportunities to donate their time, skills and expertise.
Martin added: “The Home Park vaccination volunteer programme has been the ultimate test for Our Plymouth and proven its model as a home for volunteering in Plymouth. We hope to support many more opportunities like this in the future and continue to work with charities and volunteers that are fundamental to the social fabric of Plymouth.”
NHS Devon’s Chief Nurse, Darryn Allcorn, who manages Devon’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, said “Our vaccine centre volunteers have been fantastic over the last eighteen months. They’ve braved wind, rain, snow and heat and kept smiles on their faces to provide a warm welcome to people coming for their Covid-19 vaccinations.
“The many thousands of hours they have selflessly given have supported the successful roll out of this historic vaccination programme and enabled over 2.8 million doses to be given in Devon. I want to thank each and every one of them for all they have done.”