Dinas Powys Voluntary Group Responds to the Pandemic

A local registered charity, Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern, have had to adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chair of the charity Councillor John Fanshaw said, “The Coordinators, Judith Anderson and Wendy Lees, immediately addressed many of the problems created by the lockdown. Over 200 new Volunteers were recruited through local social media within days.

"The DPVC office was quarantined and the Murchfield Community Centre was used only for Foodbank donations.

"Volunteers delivered almost 4000 leaflets to homes in Dinas Powys. Letters were sent to over 200 shielded residents informing them that DPVC was there to help. Regular activities of the charity were suspended.

"Wendy Lees (with appropriate PPE) offered to drive the Medical Centre Transport Vehicle to collect and deliver prescriptions and take residents to essential medical and hospital appointments.

Requests for help were processed by the coordinators and volunteers collected and delivered shopping and became telephone befrienders to those in need. A DPVC hardship fund was established to facilitate payments for shopping and to help those in urgent need.

A new initiative, “The Borrowing Bus,” was the brainchild of the Coordinators. The DPVC Minibus, using volunteer drivers, is used to regularly visit areas of the community with books, jigsaws and DVDs.

"This has been a great success in helping relieve the mental effects of lockdown and will become a regular activity in the future. So far the coordinators and volunteers have dealt with over 700 enquiries for help.

"It has been acknowledged, both locally and nationally, that DPVC has been an exceptionally effective contributor to the Vale of Glamorgan and Wales’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic."

The Trustees of DPVC thanked the coordinators and their volunteers for their dedication, efficiency and hard work in helping the local community. The support of the Vale council and generous donors was gratefully acknowledged.