Volunteers needed to be Winter Heroes

Volunteers are needed over the winter to offer support and care to Blackpool and Fylde Coast residents.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Council are appealing for retired or former carers and qualified health professionals to step forward and help deliver much-needed services to local people.

This could be anything from a few hours to a few days per week, or being available in case of emergencies.

Expenses will be paid to ensure that anyone who helps only give their time for free, and full training will be provided if necessary and discussed with volunteers individually.

Peter Murphy, Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals and Quality at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “It’s been a tough year for us all with the continuing pandemic, and the winter months are likely to see things get worse before they get better.

“With the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus beginning to impact on communities across the country, the NHS is beginning to feel the pressure.

“We’ve had some incredible support from people throughout this difficult time, and now we’re urging anyone who may be able to spare a few hours to make a real difference across the communities we care for.

“There are many opportunities to help, and we know there are a lot of people with experience of the health and social care field out there who could help turn the tide over the Winter and into the New Year. Do get in touch if you can support us, you really will be our own Winter Heroes.”

For more details of the types of roles available, and to register your interest, email winterheroes@blackpool.gov.uk

For an informal discussion, contact the Provider Support Hub on 01253 478444 or email the team at providersupporthub@blackpool.gov.uk

Please note: for some roles, volunteers will need to have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination to ensure legal compliance with the necessary regulations, and normal safeguarding recruitment checks will also need to be completed including DBS.

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