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There is a big rise in community spirit and at the very beginning of lockdown there was a total of 750,000 NHS volunteers and many more volunteering within local community groups. 

Volunteering has ranged from many different tasks including: shopping for food and medication, gardening for neighbours or even just being that friendly voice on the other end of the phone. The Nation has shown that when we all pull together and support one another we can make a difference! 

At The Kings Ferry Group, we are proud to have heard of some community stories from our teams. Many have been a helping hand for vulnerable neighbours, whilst others have joined groups and volunteered with a charity. 

Here are some of the heart warming stories that our employees have been doing during lockdown…

Lucy’s volunteering story…

‘Through social media I learnt of a local charity called Spadework, who were campaigning for the help of volunteers to help save their charity! Spadework provides care, skills and meaningful opportunities for over 110 adults with learning and other disabilities. During the pandemic the Spadework farm shop has been extremely busy for those able to visit the site to shop for their essentials. I have been volunteering 2-3 afternoons a week whilst on furlough taking on a number of tasks including: assisting with orders, processing payments, arranging social distancing collections, organising deliveries, responding to enquiries and ensuring the farm shop remains stocked up. I’ve enjoyed my time volunteering at Spadework and really feel that I have done my part in helping save their charity at this difficult time!’

Gemma’s volunteering story…

‘Like many others, I signed up as an NHS volunteer when lockdown was first announced. I have also signed up to support my local community in Swale through the Swale Community & Voluntary Services group. Whilst on furlough and since returning to work, I have provided support by collecting prescriptions from the local pharmacy and delivering the medication. Although I have only been needed on a couple of occasions, it has been really heartwarming to see how grateful everyone is to just talk to someone different and see a new face; and of course receive their much needed medication!’

Beth’s volunteering story…

‘I have been helping out with a local community group where vulnerable individuals need food or prescriptions and sometimes new furniture and clothing. There are loads of volunteers and we are all divided into a certain area and get contacted depending whether you are near and available. Alongside this, I decided to do my bit and use a skill of mine. I have been producing face masks and uniform/scrubs bags for NHS workers, carers and keys workers that are working or heading back soon. It has been really rewarding and i have loved getting back into what i love doing!’ 

Richard’s volunteering story…

‘My wife works at a local Dementia village near to where we live and during some time off, I volunteered and did the gardening around the area. I have been cutting the grass and making vegetable patches. I have also signed up to be a NHS transport volunteer but yet to receive any tasks from this.’ 

Steph’s volunteering story…

‘I signed up to Medway Voluntary Action, who has then passed my details over to a charity called FASD: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. They do monthly support groups but obviously have not been able to do so during lockdown. I have volunteered to be online/phone support and awaiting my first task.’ 

Giselle’s volunteering story…

‘I’ve been shopping for a neighbour that is unwell and falls under the vulnerable category so cannot venture out herself. She also has a 9 year old son. Me and my sister have also been cooking for them and the little boy enjoys my lasagna and my sister’s many cakes she has been baking! Happy to help my neighbour especially during these times.’

Hearing all these stories and sharing with the team has been a positive experience for us at The Kings Ferry Group. We can’t wait to get back to the office and see how we can continue to support our local communities when lockdown restrictions are lifted!

Keep up the good work volunteering and helping those that are less abled. Together we can be the best and biggest team and spread some joy in the communities!

For further information or to discuss future travel with our team please email them at info@clarkescoaches.co.uk or contact them via live chat click here.

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