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Volunteer says good deeds ‘saved her life’

03 June 2020

A woman helping an Erdington community support group to deliver food and essential supplies to residents has said volunteering has “saved her life”.

Donna Tone, who works in a primary school, has discussed her experience at Mutual Aid Group, Erdington Local Community Response as a volunteer during Volunteers Week, taking place from 1 to 7 June.

She is now urging others to follow her example and reap the 'amazing' benefits it brings.

"Should people volunteer? Absolutely” Donna said.

She continued: "Because you are not only doing good for others but for yourself too. My self-esteem and confidence has increased massively since I started volunteering and I’ve made some amazing friends and met some lovely people

"At the beginning of the lockdown I felt very isolated with my family living far away from me - but my volunteering has changed that. I now feel uplifted as a person. I don’t think I would have survived the lockdown without my volunteering - it saved me."

Erdington Local Community Response has delivered hundreds of food parcels every week to homes across the district and supporting people through befriending services and via social media with information and resources shared on its Facebook page.

Erdington Local Community Response is a member of the Erdington Covid-19 Taskforce - a network of local community organisations and individuals working together to support the district's vulnerable, isolated and at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Taskforce is facilitated by Witton Lodge Community Association. Chief officer, Afzal Hussain, commented: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of organisations like ours and their efforts across the constituency in support of organisations like Erdington Local Community Response has been truly inspiring.

"We have also benefited from their incredible and selfless work in getting food parcels packed and delivered to the most vulnerable members of our community during the lockdown.

"Without their support a lot of the work that has been achieved would not have been possible. We are all very grateful to every single one of our amazing volunteers."

A directory of all Erdington Covid-19 Taskforce organisations can be found by visiting: www.erdingtonlocal.com/covid-19-local-support

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