"Some of the Voluntary Support North Surrey Team had the pleasure and honour of meeting the Worshipful Mayor of Surrey Heath Councillor Sarah Jane Croke this afternoon
The Mayor has taken time to personally visit and thank charitable organisations who assisted residents throughout the pandemic.
We were delighted to receive thanks from the Mayor for our significant contribution in Surrey Heath;
Alison Morey recruited and onboarded more than 350 volunteers to assist the Primary Care Network with the vaccination initiative at Lakeside. At it's peak, 111 shifts of volunteers were required each day. Colin Morey has had the unenviable task of scheduling the shifts for all these volunteers, successfully sourcing and implementing technology to assist and facilitate the process. Without doubt the Lakeside vaccination centre is an excellent example of a well run and efficient vaccination site.
Libby Holcombe supports and builds capacity in Surrey Heath charities and voluntary groups, assisting them with their front line work and also delivered PPE throughout the pandemic.
Elaine Hawes (missing from the photo) ensures that Time to Talk befriending offered a friendly voice and/or visit to those feeling most isolated. Indeed, with the support of Elaine, some visiting continued throughout the winter in gardens, at a safe social distanc
VSNS actively participated in the COVID Champions initiative, ensuring the dissemination of accurate health and wellbeing messages to local residents and recruited local volunteers to deliver oximeters across the borough.
Our Chairperson, Helen Frary, was present to receive thanks on behalf of the volunteer VSNS board who have worked flexibly throughout the pandemic agilely adapting as needs required.
The vaccination program is continuing across North Surrey, with booster vaccinations for our vulnerable residents and flu clinics. Some of our amazing volunteers have gone back to work or moved on to new challenges so we are continuing to recruit marshal volunteers. If you, or anyone you know, would like to get involved in keeping our community well, we really need you.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01932 571122"
Solette Sheppardson, Chief Officer, Voluntary Support North Surrey