Volunteer centres urged to bid for swine flu contracts

Organisations should follow Voluntary Action Calderdale's lead, says Navca

Local infrastructure body Navca has urged volunteer centres to consider working with local NHS trusts to set up services that can deliver anti-viral drugs to marginalised people with swine flu.

It comes after Voluntary Action Calderdale secured a £10,000, three-month contract with NHS Calderdale Primary Care Trust to deliver drugs to swine flu sufferers.

The scheme involves the charity employing a ‘flu friends coordinator' to match volunteers with people who are in need of the drugs but do not have anyone who can collect them.

A Navca spokesman said other volunteer centres should consider following Voluntary Action Calderdale's lead.

Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, said: "This project shows how local infrastructure organisations can be ideally placed to step in and help solve urgent issues. It also shows the importance of good working relationships with statutory bodies."

Soo Nevison, director of Voluntary Action Calderdale, told Third Sector the PCT had said it would extend the contract if the initial period proved successful.

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