A volunteer group in Devizes have sprung back into action with the announcement of the second lockdown.

The town’s covid support group have met regularly in recent months to ensure they could be ready to mobilise if restrictions were again imposed in the region.

Working under the new banner of Love Devizes, the Covid19 Support Group will soon be asking volunteers who helped during the first lockdown to re-enlist whilst also seeking new volunteers to play their part.

Once volunteers have been recruited, their call centre will be open to receive requests for essential errands, from those most at risk, medically isolated, vulnerable, alone, or otherwise unsupported.

They will coordinate the collections of prescriptions and essential shopping for those who cannot leave their homes and will offer a pastoral phone service.

One of the co-odinators, Jonathan Hunter, said the support from the community had already been "fantastic."

He said: “We decided quickly this week we would do a relaunch and put out a call for potential volunteers

“The emails are rolling in, we had 30 offers of help on Monday (November 2) and another 20 the next day.

"Winter is going to be difficult for many people. We've done this before and we know what to expect, but it still could be a bigger challenge.

“The last lockdown was more draconian, at least now schools are still open and more people are able to work.

"But we still need all the help we can get to ensure we're looking after our town and our neighbours."

The group was previously based at the town hall, but now have plans to move into St James's Centre at Estcourt Crescent.

The new base will act as 'mission control' and Love Devizes co-ordinators will delegate tasks from there.

Mr Hunter added: "People have been fantastic and so selfless both this lockdown and during the last one.

"Devizes has a unique DNA. Everyone has a similar collective mindset, no matter their age or background, to roll up their sleeves and get things done.

"We've done this before and we can do this again, together."

To find out more go to https://www.facebook.com/devizescovid19/