Assembly Member welcomes volunteering effort.

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns has welcomed the number of people volunteering their time to be part of the national effort in beating Coronovirus.

Over half a million people came forward over a 48 hours period after the Prime Minister put a call out for an army of volunteers to assist NHS England in battling the virus on Tuesday. However in Wales the Welsh Government has come under criticism for not having a similar scheme where people living in Wales could put themselves forward via a central point.

The Welsh effort is being coordinated on a local authority basis and both Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire have set up dedicated teams to bring together volunteers and those in need of support.

For those wishing to volunteer in Pembrokeshire the team can be reached by calling 01437 776301 and for people living in Carmarthenshire they should call 01267 234567. These are also the numbers to call if you need any assistance during the nationwide lock down.

Commenting, Angela Burns said

“I have had many constituents contact me asking how they can be of support to those in the community who are in need of assistance.

“It is overwhelming just how many people want to help and join what the Prime Minister has described as an army of volunteers.

“I am pleased that Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire have got community hotlines established and that they are busy matching those who need help with those that can offer help.

“I want to reassure people that whilst we are currently experiencing challenging times, things will get better. It is heart-warming to see how the nation is coming together, listening to Government advice and creating a real sense of community spirit.

“If you feel that you have anything you can offer, whether it is picking up shopping or just chatting to vulnerable in the community who may find the social isolation difficult, then please get in touch with the relevant council run team on the numbers provided.

“Together we can beat this virus and return to a normal way of life.”