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Torbay, you have done it again. 

Within days of issuing an appeal for volunteers in the latest battle against Covid, the response has been ‘overwhelming’. 

The Torbay Community Helpline was looking for people to help with shopping, befriending, and prescription collections as well as to help marshall people arriving at the vaccination centre at Torquay’s Riviera International Conference Centre..   

Vaccinations for extremely vulnerable, referred by their doctors, have been taking place at the RICC. 

Now a helpline spokesman has said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has applied to be a Vaccination Volunteer. 

“We’ve been so overwhelmed by the many applications coming in - we now have more than 200 volunteers signed up to help out at the RICC.” 

They added: “We would still like to encourage people to volunteer, but do bear in mind that for the time being, your application may be on hold until we find an opportunity for you to volunteer - and we can guarantee we’ll need a lot more help in the future. 

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“With that said, again thank you very much people of Torbay, and if you’d still like to try and apply, please call Torbay Community Helpline on 01803 446022, or fill in our online form at bit.ly/torbayhelplin.” 

St John Ambulance staff are also helping administer the vaccinations. 

“The latest lockdown has seen a surge in calls to the helpline for people, particularly those that are shielding, in need of help and we once again needed our fantastic volunteers to step up,” said the spokesman for the helpline - a group of organisations from the charity and voluntary sector in the Bay including the Torbay Community Development Trust, Brixham Does Care, Age UK Torbay, Healthwatch Torbay, Ageing Well Torbay, Citizens Advice Torbay, the Torbay Advice Network, Homemaker Southwest and What’s Your Problem, all working alongside Torbay Council and the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust.