The partnership, which includes a number of public sector organisations, was established in 2016 and brings together volunteering opportunities from across the public sector, had over 800 Covid-19 marshals trained and active by the end of January.
As well as supporting the programme on the ground at 26 vaccination centres, volunteers are also assisting in booking time slots for vaccinations, with over 4,200 booked in since the programme began and the beginning of 2021.
Alongside this, engagement officers from Our Lancashire, the social action network that was set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2019, have conducted over 50 site visits to offer support and filled gaps where needed.
The Commissioner, who is a key partner in LVP, praised the dedication and spirit of the volunteers and reiterated the very real difference they are making in the fight against Covid-19.
Mr Grunshaw said:
“We knew when we formed the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership with other public service partners that we were investing in the future and in those who wanted to contribute in helping others. That has never been clearer than during the last twelve months and the community spirit in these hugely difficult times has been inspiring.
“It is impossible to overstate how valuable the work that everyone who is volunteering in the vaccination programme is doing – ultimately they are helping to protect people and save lives.
“All of this supports the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan – to keep people safe, support those who are vulnerable an strengthen our communities.”