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Local Charity Coordinates Volunteer & Community Response to Covid-19


Community First is working with key agencies to coordinate the volunteer and community response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  Working across Hampshire, Community First is working with districts with three clear aims:

  • If you require support and advice in this crisis please – email us at We are continuing some of our own services such as Transport, Shopmobility & Wellbeing Service and we will endeavour to put you in contact with your local Community Support.

Tim Houghton, Community First’s CEO, says “We are working with a wide range of agencies and groups to ensure that elderly and vulnerable members of our communities are supported at this difficult time.   If you are worried about a neighbour, friend or isolated relative we can signpost you to the local community support that’s available”.

Across our communities we have an army of volunteers coming forward to help those most in need.  We want to build on this social action and provide people with the tools to carry on this essential role.  If you are coordinating a team of volunteers and would like to offer support please contact us via our website  and a member of our rapid response team will be in contact with you.

Download this Press Release with Notes for Editors here

For further information in relation to this Press Release, contact:

Tim Houghton, Chief Executive, Communities First Wessex

07467 941018 or email

If Tim Houghton is unavailable contact:

Hywel Small, Head of Enterprise

07467 941003 or email


Janet Duggan, Business & Volunteering Engagement Manager

07467 941013 or email


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