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CaVCA Outlines Volunteer Roles To Help Whitby Residents

CaVCA Outlines Volunteer Roles To Help Whitby Residents

Published by Karen Liu at 7:01am 4th April 2020.

The organisation behind Whitby's community response hub has been helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coast and Vale Community Action volunteers have been doing people's shopping, or have even collected prescriptions.

They are the main point of contact for Whitby and the surrounding area.

Mel Bonney-Kane, Chief Executive of CaVCA, said:

"We're providing befriending support by telephone, Skype, Facetime etc.

We signpost them to specialist support agencies, like mental health support or if people need adult social care, or things that are outside of a community remit.

We'll be working with the local authority to distribute food vouchers for those who are most at need as well.

There's also a lot of people who are worried, fearful even, about what happens when such and such a thing runs out; when I can't get any more baby formula, or when my potatoes run out.

We are finding that there are people who have more specific needs. For example, we've had a number of people who are blind or partially sighted, who with best will in the world, food parcels and food vouchers won't help them, they actually need prepared meals." 

Mel's been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Matthew Pells:

CaVCA are looking for more volunteers to help too.

If you need help, or can offer help, let them know by leaving a voicemail on 01723 362205, email, or message them on their Facebook page:




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