Volunteering in the time of Covid

Since lockdown, our lovely volunteer Helen has Tweeted continuously about her volunteering time with Move the Masses, and she's retweeted dozens of our posts.  

She’s started volunteering with us well before lockdown, walking as a Move Mate with an older woman on a regular basis. In fact, Helen was so gutted she could no longer walk alongside her when restrictions came in place, she moved on to writing to her, to keep up their connection. 

And then she got into delivering prescriptions - both on her bike and running - in a big way. Some days delivering a letter, along side three separate medication drops - at all times with a big smile on her face. 

I have been walking with my Move Mate for 18 months and when lockdown began I decided to write a weekly letter & deliver it on my daily exercise. It was a great motivation to get out and I really didn’t want my her to feel isolated or think I had forgotten our lovely weekly chats.

As things have started to ease we have been reunited with doorstep natters. She has a stool by her door and brings me a cup of tea, then we have a little catch up.

As this blog went live Helen was having a mechanical issue with her bike, waiting for her partner to get over and fix it so she could still deliver prescriptions… we await with bated breath for her next instalment!

Here’s just some of Helen’s Twitter lockdown diary. 

Isn’t she a star? 

Feb 27

Went out for a walk with my elderly woman. We haven’t had a walk this year as she’s been poorly, so it was lovely to catch up & see her face light up when she managed a short walk. We had blue skies, snow drops & a visit from a robin!

Mar 6

It’s a beautiful day today, just been for walk number 1 with a new woman I am walking with. The sun is shining & she was pleased to get out for a walk. We almost walked a mile.

A second walk of the day with my older woman. We walked so much further this week because the sun was shining and it’s a lovely day.

Mar 17

Mar 30

I am still volunteering with Move the Masses during the unprecedented time.  I am not able to go for a weekly walk with my move mate, so today's task is to write a her letter and deliver it on my daily walk.

πŸ’¬ Now more than ever it is important to support the community. πŸ™Œ

Apr 4

Doing my first prescription pick up today with Move the Masses. Social distance queuing going well.πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Third & final prescription drop of the day. Nice to be able to do something useful whilst not working. It looks a nice evening, but safer to stay at home.

Apr 6

Apr 20

Daily walk to deliver a letter to the elderly woman I usually walk with. I write because she is hard of hearing so we can’t chat on the phone. This week I wrote all about the inspirational Captain Tom Moore & how I was looking forward to our walks again soon.

πŸ’¬ Proud to be apart of this awesome charity doing great things in York.πŸ’ͺ

Apr 28

Early morning prescription delivery completed on my bike for Move the Masses. Great to speak to another grateful woman receiving her medication. I got to the chemist early & was first in the queue - Whoop Whoop! 

May 4

Morning run to deliver a weekly letter to my move mate. Each week I write about what I’ve been doing, good things I see in the news and how the seasons flowers are changing - daffodils to blossom to bluebells. 🌸

May 5

Morning bike ride coincided with a prescription drop. Met a lovely woman today & we had a little doorstep chat. 

πŸ’¬ Volunteering gives you such a great feeling knowing you are helping someone out.πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

May 11

Yesterday I wrote another letter to my Move Mate. I received a lovely message from her son saying she had been out for a walk in the garden whilst the sun was out β˜€οΈThis morning I have been out for my daily walk to deliver it & drop off another prescription.

May 13

Incorporated my morning walk with a prescription drop off & a doorstep chat with my 90 year old neighbour. 

πŸ’¬ If you have got some spare time at the moment, I really recommend volunteering.πŸ˜€

May 14

10 sunny miles on my bike this morning & a prescription drop. I had a little chat with the man I delivered to through his window. 

πŸ’¬ It’s such a nice feeling to be able to help people right now & make a small difference.🀝

May 15

Shorter bike ride along the river & through the uni campus....got lost! Picked up a prescription for Move the Masses on my way home. 

πŸ’¬ This week has been a really positive one, so many thank you’s. I am just happy to be able to do something useful! πŸš΄πŸ»‍♀️

May 21

May 29

I’ve had a lovely morning volunteering for Move the Masses out on my bike in the sun. First stop a prescription delivery & then reunited with my Move Mate for a 2m social distant doorstep chat! 

πŸ’¬ It was so lovely to catch up after 10 weeks. πŸ˜ƒ

Jun 2

Did my first batch drop of prescriptions today on my bike going to to be doing this for the next 4 weeks. 

πŸ’¬ Good to keep me busy & be able to help so many people out. πŸš΄πŸ»‍♀️

Jun 4

Really proud to be on the Move the Masses volunteer team. I’ve spent all of lockdown delivering prescriptions to the elderly & those shielding. 

πŸ’¬ Helping others, has also kept me positive & motivated. πŸ’ͺ🏼

Volunteering with Move the Masses has had a huge positive impact on me over the last 18 months, but particularly the last 3 months during lockdown whilst not working.

I started riding my bike again and delivering prescriptions has kept me motivated to keep fit, explore York & encouraged me to talk to many different people on my deliveries.

I get a really warm feeling when someone says 'Thank You' or tells me they really appreciate my support because they can’t leave the house, when I am doing something as small and simple as delivering their medication or having a doorstep natter.

It’s been great following other Move the Masses volunteer's stories on social media too. Although I’ve not met any of them I feel like part of a volunteering community.

Jun 9

Morning batch delivery of prescriptions. Met a lovely Yorkshire man who opened the door & said “Champion! You’re a star, thank you very much for making my day!” Made me smile. πŸ˜€

Jun 11

Delivery of another Move the Masses prescription today, cycled over this morning but it wasn’t ready so went back this afternoon. The lady I delivered to was really friendly & grateful which made it all worthwhile. 

πŸ’¬ All this volunteering is definitely keeping me fit! πŸƒπŸ½‍♀️

Jun 12

Rain Rain Go Away! Spent this morning dropping off a prescription & then visiting my Move Mate for a rainy doorstep chat! πŸ’¦

Jun 16

Out on my bike volunteering for Move the Masses with a batch delivery sporting my new top! Spent 30mins having an impromptu doorstep chat with an interesting man who told me all about when he lived in South Africa in the 70s. 

πŸ’¬ Really enjoy listening to people’s life stories!πŸ‘‚πŸΌ

June 23

Having mechanical issues this morning with my bike! I desperately either need a new one or my gears fixing. Rolling on the floor laughing Ideally a new one as this keeps happening & other half has to drive out to fix it (I tried!). Good job he’s on his way as I've got Move the Masses prescriptions drop offs to do!

What happened next?

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