The diary of a York Covid-19 volunteer

Once furloughed in April, Ed joined Move the Masses as a volunteer, and was immediately out and about on his bike delivering prescriptions. He kept his Twitter feed updated with his escapades, keeping an almost photographic journal of a what one of our volunteers got up to. 

He also helped out behind the scenes, checking hundreds of call and prescription logs and acting on any further support our beneficiaries needed. He also did some excellent fundraising for us too. 

Following is an insight into volunteering for Move the Masses during lockdown. We love the way Ed enjoys the exercise, fresh air and his fellow volunteers. You will see he likes his tunes too! 

Volunteering with Move the Masses has kept me motivated during a period of being furloughed by my employers. Seeing the impact we have made as a charity has been phenomenal. Working behind the scenes on the call log has meant that I would often make follow up calls to our beneficiaries, and they are full of nothing but praise for their welfare volunteers. It's also given me reasons to leave the house and keep active. Without this I'm sure lockdown would have had a much bigger impact on my own wellbeing.

24 April 

Another 13 prescription drops completed for Move the Masses. With the best soundtrack for a beautiful sunny day.

27 April

Another 7 prescription drops for Move the Masses. Quite enjoying this courier life.

28 April

7 more prescription drops completed today for Move the Masses and I got to see [my friend and fellow volunteer] the Legendary Leanne.

🎵Today's deliveries were brought to you by the sounds of Richard Dawson

30 April

Another 55 prescriptions delivered for Move the Masses this morning. Kind of like a paper round but actually delivering something worthwhile. 

🎵Today's soundtrack was the excellent IDLES

12 May

Hard to keep my distance from these absolute legends [Ed's talking about his fellow volunteers] when all you want to do is give them a pat on the back for the amazing work they're doing. 27 prescription drops by 11am this morning for Move the Masses.

🎵Keeping the legs pumping today was the folk/metal tunes of Jamie Lenman

15 May

Really wasn't feeling going for a run today after seeing everyone feeling sluggish in the heat on Strava. But there's no better motivation than a Move the Masses prescription drop. Just shy of 10k for me, and making someone else's life a little bit easier. Sill felt sluggish though!

5 June 

Yesterday was my last day volunteering behind the scenes for Move the Masses. It’s been unbelievable to see the impact this charity is having on people's lives at the mo and an absolute pleasure being able to speak to the beneficiaries first hand. Keep up the amazing work guys!

So Ed is back at work now, but before he left we asked what volunteering has done for him. A happier person he certainly seems to be.  

Before I started volunteering, I struggled to forge relationships and make connections in York. I work all across the country and had pockets of my life dotted across the UK. Although York was where I lived, it never felt like home. Since I made the conscious decision to be more active in the community through volunteering, I have a busier social life than ever (even in lockdown!). I've become more active and get invited to go out for long bike rides, take part in yoga sessions and even lead fitness classes. I can honestly say I've never been healthier happier or felt more integrated into a community than I am in York.

Finally we want to say a big thank to Ed for sharing his volunteering journal with the wider world, and for all your help both for us as a charity, and for the the people we support!