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    Volunteers online are ready to help. Maląg: A new service has been launched

    The Solidarity Senior Citizens’ Support Corps will operate for as long as it is needed. Certainly, by the end of March, we will have accomplished this task – emphasised the Minister of Family and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg. Besides, to facilitate the registration process, a new service has been made available – a temporary trusted profile for senior citizens over 80 years old. ‘Online volunteers are ready to help. Thanks to the helpline, senior citizens will also find out where to apply for transport to the vaccination centre,’ said Minister Maląg.

    The Solidarity Senior Citizens’ Support Corps was launched in late October. By calling 22-505-11-11, the elderly can make requests for assistance with activities that require leaving the house. That’s, among others, help with shopping for daily necessities – groceries and hygiene items, but also providing hot meals and arranging medical appointments. 

    Maląg stressed that ‘the Solidarity Senior Citizens’ Support Corps is a series of activities to ensure the safety of the elderly during a pandemic’. Initially, the operation of the Support Corps was scheduled until the end of February, but the Minister said the task will be carried out as long as it is needed.  ‘Certainly, by the end of March,’ she declared. 

    Through the helpline 22-505-11-11, senior citizens can ask for help not only with shopping, walking the dog, running an errand online, but also request support in registering for vaccinations. 

    Additionally, to facilitate the registration process, a new service has been made available – a temporary trusted profile for senior citizens over 80 years old.

    ‘Online volunteers are ready to help. Thanks to the helpline, senior citizens will also find out where to apply for transport to the vaccination centre,’ said Minister Maląg. 

    ‘More than 26000 people have already benefited from the Corps’ support. Over 13000 volunteers have declared their willingness to help’ – pointed out Maląg and added that it is a beautiful and praiseworthy attitude also of young people, sensitive to other people. 

    She also stressed that PLN 100 million was initially earmarked for the task. But – she pointed out – in connection with the extension of the program’s activity, an additional PLN 50 million has been allocated.

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