Morecambe Bay highlights foodbank champion as part of Volunteers’ Week

As part of Volunteers’ Week this week, Bay Health and Care Partners are celebrating the stories of local people who volunteer to support communities and local services across Morecambe Bay.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Thursday, 2nd June 2022, 4:30 pm

Foodbanks across north Lancashire and south Cumbria are working hard to tackle poverty and hunger in the local area, thanks to the hard work of their volunteers.

Bay Volunteers is a community-based service that offers support for the needs of people and communities in the Lancaster district.

The charity has helped more than 1,500 people and offers a variety of services such as listening calls or walks, digital support through digital buddies, doing and delivering grocery shopping, collecting and delivering prescriptions and collecting and/or delivering post and parcels, including food parcels.

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Phil Ramsden.

Phil Ramsden volunteers his time to support people through the charity’s listening service which involves ringing people who are dealing with different health challenges such as loneliness, bereavement, anxiety or other health difficulties.

Phil, who volunteered for five years as part of a small doctors listening team for Bay Medical Group before joining Bay Volunteers, said: “I have cried with people and heard their stories, and so I just feel personally honoured that these different people who I have supported, and who I continue to support, have confided in and shared things with me. I have found it so rewarding to support them in this way.”

If you would like to find out more or you would like to volunteer for Bay Volunteers please contact Matt Parker at [email protected] or go to the Bay Volunteers website here.