As the total number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 in the UK ticks past 17 million, and a roadmap out of lockdown emerges, our latest vaccination volunteering story comes from Sharon Jones:
Why did you sign up to volunteer at the vaccination sites, and where did you hear about this?
I wanted to help in some small way, to contribute to my community; and I heard about this through Macc who I subscribe to.
Where and how have you been helping?
I have been a volunteer marshall at Plant Hill and The Irish Centre.
I have been helping people find their way around and then making sure all the chairs in the post-vaccination waiting area are wiped down and kept clean.
It has been a fantastic role and I have really enjoyed being part of such a positive team of volunteers alongside the NHS professionals.
Are you given everything you need to do your job, and do you feel safe and supported?
The training and support have been first class.
I feel very safe and the team leaders have been welcoming and knowledgeable.
How have you found your help and presence to be received by those receiving the vaccine?
People have been lovely, so many positive comments and I think we all appreciate that face to face human contact.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of getting involved, any tips or advice?
Do it, it will be one of the best things you ever get to do!
Share your stories about vaccination volunteering...
We’d love to hear your stories or accounts of vaccine volunteering.
You can share these directly with us in writing, video or other visual formats; or speak directly with the team who are happy to capture these on your behalf by telephone: 0161 830 4770 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also mention us in your posts on social media with @VolunteeringMCR, and we'll pick them up.
We'll be writing and sharing these stories regularly; here, via social media, and on our dedicated Manchester Kindness Stories page. We look forward to hearing from you!