One of the positive aspects of the pandemics was the willingness of the general public to contribute to the greater good in the time of crisis. Whether it was the NHS army of volunteers (the biggest missed opportunity of the pandemic in the UK), retired medics coming back to the frontline, or the local volunteer groups who assisted those shielding and recovering, it showed an untapped resource waiting to be harnessed. While this was to address the immediate needs during the pandemic and at very short notice, it could be used in the communities to address the needs of the aging and mostly lonely population as well as the mental health challenges as we emerge from the pandemic.




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