Volunteers from Love Devizes have continued to make a huge difference to people's lives amid the pandemic.

The covid response group is still on the look out for anyone in need of their services, whether it be a prescription pick-up, food shop or a friendly call. You are also able to refer a family member or friend.

This week, the Gazette joined volunteer Jonathan Stocker for his sixth job as a Love Devizes volunteer.

For the second day in a row, Jonathan spent near to 40 minutes queuing to pick up prescriptions at Morrison's pharmacy.

Jonathan, a retired banker, said: "I've previously been a driver for a hospice, so signed up to do something similar with Love Devizes.

"I've done prescription pick-ups so far and, because I live centrally, I can easily walk between jobs. It's a really slick operation in how they allocate jobs so quickly."

His next job, due to take place this weekend, is to take an elderly man to his vaccine appointment.

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Back at Love Devizes HQ, within the St James Centre, volunteer duties wound up around 12.30pm after a busy morning of calls.

Love Devizes uses the software Team Bee which ensures contact details are secure and that jobs can be allocated and completed in a clear and simple manner.

Volunteer co-ordinator Jonathan Hunter said: “It’s a brilliant system and makes sure everyone's data is kept safe.

"A different headset is used every day by the volunteer on duty, we go above and beyond for covid safety."

In the coming weeks, Love Devizes will make plans for how they can continue to exist in some form or entity long after the pandemic is over.

It is hoped that, working with other organisations and charities within the town, a "unified" approach can be made to provide opportunities for volunteering across Devizes.

Mr Hunter said: “We are meeting next week to discuss exactly where Love Devizes are, as well as our next phase.

"We want to explore how we can bring together the great charitable groups in Devizes that already exist, and work on bringing about a unified approach that can really connect society.

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"Here at Love Devizes we've seen the generosity and kindness of people throughout the pandemic, and it's important to capture that. I've been inspired by the great desire of people to volunteer as everyone has a personal story and personal attribute to bring."

"After the pandemic, finding a way to allow volunteers to maybe move around and transfer their skills in different ways could be really exciting."

To get in touch with Love Devizes call 01380 722160 on Monday to Friday from 9am to midday or visit lovedevizes.org

Love Devizes is a joint initiative between the Churches Together in Devizes, Devizes Town Council and Wiltshire Council.