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Coronavirus: Support Our Stamford campaign coordinates hundreds of volunteers to support vulnerable people during the pandemic

Three key workers have launched a coordinated campaign to support elderly and vulnerable people through the coronavirus crisis.

Air ambulance worker Andy Smith, paramedic David Stafford and teacher Vickie Bracken set up Support Our Stamford to organise hundreds of volunteers who want to help out.

Drawing on his experience as a former military planner, Andy has covered all bases to make sure people’s needs are met while keeping everyone safe.

Vickie Bracken
Vickie Bracken

The team has spent hours dividing Stamford into zones and allocating volunteers, despite continuing with their own key worker jobs.

Andy said: “We’ve all got to do what we can. As a paramedic it’s part of who you are to want to help other people. If I’ve got a spare 10 minutes, I might as well do something useful.”

Within days of its launch the Support Our Stamford campaign has established an active Facebook page and website.

David Stafford and Andy Smith set up Support Our Stamford
David Stafford and Andy Smith set up Support Our Stamford

But organisers are conscious that many vulnerable residents won’t have internet access so thousands of leaflets have been delivered across the town this week including a name and phone number for someone they can call if they need help.

Each zone has a DBS-checked coordinator and a code of conduct has been written to keep everyone safe from infection and other possible harm.

Andy said: “We’ve really thought about everything to keep people safe.”

“We’ve all got to do what we can."

Volunteers could be called upon to collect groceries and medicines, walk pets or just call for a chat.

Support Our Stamford volunteer zones (32381613)
Support Our Stamford volunteer zones (32381613)

David said: “Please consider signing up if you can. Even a phone call will make a big difference to someone on their own.We really are all in this together.”

Full details of the scheme are online at www.supportourstamford.weebly.com

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