2nd Mar, 2021

Volunteers wanted to keep Rugby's Covid test centre running smoothly

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help keep Rugby’s Covid community testing centre running smoothly.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) want to hear from anyone who can give a few hours of their time each week to support the county’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

The centre, at the Indian Centre in Edward Street, is equipped to test around 2,000 people without symptoms each week who attend pre-booked appointments.

The role involves front-of-house activities such as meeting and registering customers on arrival and guiding them safely through the site.

The tests are self-administered so volunteers are not directly involved in the testing process.

Volunteers are trained and given access to PPE. Undertaking the role is considered an essential reason to leave home at the moment and all volunteers will be given key worker letters.

Shifts at the centre last four hours during the week and three hours at weekends. The minimum commitment for volunteers is one shift a week.

The community testing service now operates from six sites across the county. Gill Mann, a volunteer from Bedworth, said: “I really enjoy going into the site. Everyone is friendly and it’s great to feel part of such a supportive team. I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile and it’s helped my wellbeing over lockdown to be a part of this initiative.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/y58llq3g to volunteer.

WCC is responsible for the community testing service, with the volunteering element managed by community partner WCAVA. Visit www.wcav.org.uk for more volunteering opportunities.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covidcommunitytesting for more information about community testing in Warwickshire.

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