There are around 75 volunteers working to support the Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ross-on-Wye and we are very grateful to each and every one for all their help and patience during this very intense time in our lives. Over the last week we have been profiling a small handful of these volunteers to demonstrate what they have been doing and why they joined our team. Below is our final volunteer profile of the week and if you have been inspired to join our growing team who are called on for various community projects, including the Ross Good Neighbours, please visit our ‘Volunteer’ page on our website and complete the application form – we’d love to hear from you.
Name: Susan Hay
What is your volunteer role? I did one indoor shift, directing patients to an available vaccinator and one outdoor shift, welcoming patients and directing them to the clinic entrance.
Describe your usual day as a volunteer: I have done two 4 hour shifts, both Saturday afternoons from 12pm to 4pm. On both days I have been kept really busy and the 4 hours have passed in no time!
What is your normal job or employment? I work for PGL Travel, based in Ross, arranging trips to France for school and youth groups.
What made you want to volunteer? I like new experiences and meeting new people – volunteering has been a way of continuing this during lockdown. I have felt a huge satisfaction in seeing people come to the vaccination clinics and knowing that they will be protected from Covid.
Tell us something about you: I am originally from Edinburgh but have lived in Ross for nearly 20 years. In normal circumstances I enjoy travel and play the clarinet in a local wind ensemble. During the pandemic I have managed to get out running and for the occasional long walk.
Finally, do you have any other plans during this lockdown? I have two daughters aged 9 and 7 and home schooling is keeping me busy at the moment!
Note from Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust: If you are waiting to receive your Covid-19 vaccine, please contact your own local GP surgery and they will be able to advise on their scheduling. If you are self-isolating or need practical assistance during lockdown including shopping deliveries, please contact the Ross Good Neighbours’ Helpline on 01989 313002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.