CSV Action helps flood victims

I’m really proud of this project – a great example of the power of radio – and volunteers – in being able to respond quickly and effectively to very real problems….
By Ben Cook, Third Sector Online, 27 June 2007

CSV is launching a volunteer taskforce to help deal with the destruction caused by the South Yorkshire floods.

The volunteering charity will be assembling a team of full time young volunteers already working on projects in the region to join staff at CSV Action to help co-ordinate the rescue efforts.

The project, which will be known as the Good Neighbour Volunteer Campaign and is based at BBC Radio Sheffield, will also seek hundreds of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire residents to help with the clear up operation.

CSV said it decided to help after it was contacted by David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and a former CSV trustee. The operation follows CSV’s response to other emergencies including the Birmingham tornado in 2005.

‘We’re setting up a register, much like they did in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in other parts of the world where people help each other,’ said Andy Kershaw, CSV Action Producer at BBC Radio Sheffield. ‘We’re offering to put people who need help with clearing cellars and homes, getting clean water and clothing and accessing support services in touch with people who can offer help with time and skills to others.’
To sign up to help call the CSV Action line at BBC Radio Sheffield on 0114 267 5444 or email actiondesk.sheffield@bbc.co.uk