Agent volunteers to support local community

Agents around the country continue to show their support for their local communities and the National Health Service amid the coronavirus crisis.

Oli Dobbs, of London-based agency Travel Gallery, is also stepping up to support his local community while furloughed from the business.

Currently staying with his girlfriend in Purfleet, Essex, he’s volunteering to support Thurrock Council’s community efforts and has been working at a food bank. 

He has also been delivering shopping and medicine to elderly locals, and has also begun volunteering for nationwide charity Age UK which will see him call a group of 15 elderly people every week.

“I wanted to do something to help – I’d cleaned the flat three times already and everything else, and I didn’t want to sit at home anymore,” he told Aspire. I felt useless and wanted to do more to help others and do something positive during all of this.”

Dobbs began volunteering at the food bank last week and spent last Friday working putting together food parcels. 

“I'm also on hand to deliver food to elderly people in the area, and medicines. 

“I reached out to the local council and offered help knowing that the majority of community volunteers previously will have been elderly residents and they’re now not able to help.

"With the Age UK work I'll be calling the same people every week so I'll be able to build up a nice rapport with them."

Dobbs said he hopes to do more volunteering to “support those who need it” and also intends on running a half marathon later in the year in support of an industry charity.


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