A new volunteering program is set to help the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. Photo: iStock

Organisations in need of support and people willing to help are being encouraged to sign up to a new online volunteering platform.

The platform is designed to support vulnerable people across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison says volunteers are being empowered to provide welfare checks, deliver supplies and offer essential transport to vulnerable people.

The online program links community members with charities, non-government organisations and councils.

“The pandemic is placing a significant strain on volunteer-driven organisations who support vulnerable members in Maitland, and many require more people to help meet demand,” Ms Aitchison said.

“This platform allows you to register your details online and an organisation in your local area will get in touch and offer volunteering opportunities when they arise.”

The NSW Government has partnered with the Centre for Volunteering to develop the platform, which is also operating in Victoria and Western Australia.

The platform promotes informal voluntary opportunities that prioritise the safety and wellbeing of participants during COVID-19.

“Volunteers are the such an important asset in our communities and in times of need they are the ones who rally around each other and do whatever is needed to support those struggling,” Ms Aitchison said.

“I encourage any organisation in need of assistance, and any person willing to give up their time to help someone else, to register online today.”

Go to the Emergency Support Volunteering website for more information or to register.

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