Cllr Alan Lewis Steps Into The Breach As A Health Volunteer.
Slieve Croob Ulster Unionist Councillor Alan Lewis has registered as a non-clinical HSC volunteer.
Cllr Lewis said: “The HSC Workforce Appeal has been established by the Department of Health to manage the recruitment and deployment of healthcare professionals and non-healthcare workers across the health and social care system during the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The response to Covid-19 is putting enormous pressure on the HSC. The department of health is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to maximise efforts in preparing for the rise in cases that is yet to come.
“I felt that as a local councillor it was my duty to step forward and be seen to actively engage in the campaign, I wouldn’t ask constituents to do something that I wasn’t prepared to do myself.
“Therefore, I am requesting that everyone who can, steps up to the plate and registers to help in any way that they are available to do so.”
“I already have an income, I’m a councillor and a victims advocate. I have chosen to volunteer at nights, and any wages I receive will be donated to a local charity. I am happy to do my part, safeguarding my community in any way I can be of use.
“The department is urgently seeking Non-Healthcare Workers to fill a range of vacancies with paid employment including Porters, Catering Staff, Cleaning & Domestic Services Staff, Laundry Staff, ICT Professionals, Finance and Payroll, Call Handlers, Drivers, Electricians, Plumbers, Joiners, Warehousing, Maintenance Staff and more. Every pair of hands is important in the fight against Covid-19.
“Everyone who registered might not be needed, but it is important that collectively we as a community stand together, we unite to support those who are on the frontline of this deadly virus.
“Over the years our people have risen to the challenges which faced our small country, I am absolutely confident that together we will meet the challenges ahead, protect and safeguard the most vulnerable, see ourselves through this difficult time and come out the other side stronger and more united.
“I encourage everyone to follow the link and sign up. Your community needs you,” added Cllr Lewis.