Coventry MP makes community call for volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak

A new database will hold a list of residents from all walks of life who stand ready to support local emergency services and private businesses during the viral outbreak.

Taiwo Owatemi smiling

Taiwo Owatemi, Labour MP for Coventry North West, has created a database of people who may be able to help with voluntary work, if necessary, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The database, named Coventry Community Mobilisation – Coronavirus, will hold a list of residents from all walks of life who stand ready to support local emergency services and private businesses in caring for and delivering essentials to the elderly and vulnerable Coventry residents suffering as a result of the viral outbreak.

The MP initially made the call for volunteers to Coventry North West Labour Party members and registered supporters. In the first hour, twenty-five individuals registered interest in the community effort. The MP will reach out to the wider community, circulating the registration form to local representatives and organisations, to build up the database.

Commenting following the launch of the database, Ms Owatemi said: “There continues to be a deep concern across our city about the spread of coronavirus, but there have been so many people asking how they can help. This is not a time to panic, but a time to prepare.

“I have been overwhelmed by the interest so far, it is a true reflection of the caring spirit of Coventry residents willing to do what they can to help their neighbours. If voluntary work becomes necessary, this database could make all the difference.”

The MP has also been in close contact with Coventry City Council’s public health team and the chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire University Hospital on their response and preparedness for the crisis.

She has also raised a number of parliamentary questions on how the government is addressing the outbreak from economic support for residents, local businesses and the resources available for Coventry health services. 

The link to the registration form can be found by clicking here.