MORE than 1,600 residents have signed up to help those most in need - after City of York Council put out an appeal for volunteers just days ago.

Bus drivers, company bosses, doctors and people who have stopped going to work have already stepped up to help the city through the coronavirus crisis.

And they could be doing all sorts of tasks - from phoning people who are on their own for a chat to collecting and delivering essential medicines.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, executive member for communities, praised the city's public spirit, saying: "In a proper crisis, York really does pull together."

Cllr Smalley added: "I just want to say a massive thank you to every single person who has volunteered. There are lots of council staff now matching demand with volunteers, looking at which charities or community groups could do with an extra pair of hands.

"Some will be speaking to people on the phone, some will be delivering food parcels and doing shopping.

"Some council services have stopped but some other departments are under immense pressure, so volunteers may be asked to help with tasks that would otherwise be done by council employees - things like supporting some of the customer service functions such as directing and helping with enquiries.

"If people do not hear back immediately, that's almost a good thing because it means the pressure isn't there yet."

He added: "York is a city famous for volunteering - we are already a city where people help one another."

Volunteers can register with the council to help protect vulnerable people's emotional wellbeing, as well as their physical health.

And there are opportunities for volunteering tasks that can be done remotely - for people who cannot go outdoors.

Tasks could include shopping and delivering food parcels, finding and providing information and registering enquiries.

For more information or to register, visit