Thank you to Stockport’s volunteer heroes

Our amazing voluntary and community organisations help to make Stockport a great place to live, work and spend time in.

Thank you to Stockport’s volunteer heroes

Picture above: Donna Littlewood, volunteer steward at Hazel Grove vaccination centre

The council would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to volunteers who provide valuable support for our residents. This year in Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June), we’re spotlighting the amazing vaccination centre volunteers who help to deliver the vaccine programme.

The incredible vaccination programme continues to move at pace to help everybody in Stockport lower their risk of catching COVID-19. From keeping the one-way system flowing, directing patients, ensuring everyone stays safe while at the vaccine centres and, of course, making that all important cup of tea, Stockport’s volunteers have been invaluable.

Councillor Amanda Peers, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Neighbourhoods at Stockport Council said: “In Stockport, we’re lucky enough to have an amazing voluntary and community sector. The pandemic has served to demonstrate the important role of volunteers in supporting inclusive communities across the borough.

“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our volunteers who give up their time to work tirelessly for others. Volunteers' Week is a great occasion to recognise the important contribution volunteers give in order to help strengthen the sense of community and make Stockport a great place to live.”

Donna Littlewood is a volunteer steward at Hazel Grove vaccination centre, which administers, on average, over 2,300 jabs a day. “During the pandemic, I found myself with plenty of spare time. I was keen to get involved with some volunteering to put this time to good use,” explains Donna. “My role was to work in the car park, helping people find available spaces, keeping them moving safely around the area and directing them to the centre entrance. Of course, I also provided a bit of entertainment with my dancing to keep warm! It feels great to be a small part of the national vaccine effort.”

Another volunteer who shares Donna’s sentiments is Tony Moss, who has been volunteering at Lowfield Road Surgery in Shaw Heath, which covers around 7 GP practices in the area. Tony has been working tirelessly for the vaccine effort, often working Bank Holidays and back-to-back shifts in the week to help ensure that all the needs are met.

“I’m a bit of a jack of all trades,” said Tony. “In my role I have helped with the marshalling outdoors, as well as assisting with the queuing system and answering any queries visitors might have. I have also been staffing the exit of the building and keeping the vaccination rooms clean and tidy. It’s a really rewarding role and I would happily recommend it.”

Kat Newland is another Stockport resident who has been giving her time to help out at the Heatons Medical Practices. Originally a volunteer for the Royal Voluntary Service and Healthwatch Stockport, Kat now does two shifts a week at the Heatons Medical Practices. “It’s been amazing working with local people and helping patients of all ages get out of the house for a few hours,” she said. “I would highly recommend volunteering to anyone that has a few spare hours. Not only is it very rewarding, it helps the NHS staff be where they need to be – vaccinating the people of Stockport.”

Kat, Tony and Donna are just three of the hundreds of volunteers across Stockport who have made the vaccination effort possible. This Volunteers’ Week is a great time to thank all of the volunteers involved in the vaccination programme, and indeed our whole voluntary and community sector, which is thriving in Stockport.

Interested in volunteering your time at a vaccination centre in Stockport? Register your interest or call 0161 974 0753 for more details.