27 Mar 2020
New volunteering and business support websites launched for Greater Manchester COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response
Greater Manchester, including the Mayor, Greater Manchester’s 10 councils and the Greater Manchester NHS are working together closely to support residents and businesses across the city region during the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
A variety of support is available on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority website including information about the overall picture, health advice, business support and more.
A multi-agency Greater Manchester COVID-19 committee has also been set up to coordinate the response between statutory agencies, private and voluntary sector. Find out more about the committee.
Volunteering in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester partners are working together to provide community support and advice to residents who are struggling to access basic or essential services during the coronavirus outbreak.
A new website has been created to support volunteering in Greater Manchester during the outbreak. It can help residents to find local organisations to register an interest with in volunteering in their local community. They will talk to residents about what individuals could do, and try to connect them with a suitable volunteering role. There is also information about other ways residents can help – being a good neighbour, organising support in their own community and some things to bear in mind to keep everyone safe.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “The people of our city-region are compassionate – we don’t just walk on by. I want to kick-start a volunteering drive that sees the Greater Manchester public befriend their neighbours and others living and working nearby, running errands, collecting and distributing medicines and in general ensuring our older citizens are safe and well.
“We are living in a challenging period but, together, we will get through this like we have so many depressions, recessions and dark times before. That is the spirit of Greater Manchester.”
Visit the Volunteer GM site
The Greater Manchester Growth Company has a dedicated website with information and advice for business during the COVID-19 crisis, including a webinar series.
The website contains a range of resources and guidance to ensure businesses feel supported and are prepared to act quickly during the situation.