‘I will be volunteering myself to help out where I can’ says Bob Seely MP

Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, says the voluntary sector provides a really important role in making sure people are getting the help they need

Bob Seely arrives

Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, has paid tribute to the voluntary and community sector for its response in ensuring the most vulnerable are cared for during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Bob said he was talking daily with representatives from the voluntary and community sector to find out what they are doing to help vulnerable people and to find out what support they need from the government. 

Bob said:

“The voluntary sector provides a really important role in making sure people are getting the help they need. The whole community has really come together – as we often see on the Island.”

Identifying the vulnerable
He said the IW Council was establishing a list of vulnerable people who needed help and Community Action IW were matching volunteers with organisations who needed help to manage the demand.

Citizens Advice IW had also been working with the IW Council and were particularly focussed on helping those struggling with debt and employment issues arising from the current situation.

Seely: “Volunteering myself to help out where I can”
Bob said,

“I am thankful for all the work the voluntary and community sector is doing, including town and parish councils, and the proactive partnership approach they are taking to help Islanders.

“I will be volunteering myself to help out where I can.”

Dare: “A joined up response”
Chief Executive of Age UK IW, Jo Dare, said:

“We are very much working in partnership with the IW Council and Community Action IW on a joined up response and we are currently restructuring our workforce so that we can be as responsive as possible.

“We are looking to provide support with things like welfare checks, shopping and pet care.”

Seely: “Support for voluntary sector coming soon”
Bob said:

“I was assured by the government that a package of support for the voluntary sector is coming forward soon. I welcome this. The voluntary sector needs government support to continue their valuable work.”

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

News shared by the office of Bob Seely MP, Ed

Image: © With kind permission of Allan Marsh

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 9:32am


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What I don’t get is why the MP says that he ‘will’ be helping out rather than ‘has been helping out’. A true public servant would just have rolled up their sleeves and got on with it rather than advertise it and wait for a round of applause. There are many hundreds/thousands of community spirited people who have been doing just that, yet the MP thinks that… Read more »

What a cynical attempt to grab a PR friendly headline. Wait for the picture of Bob delivering meals on wheels to a needy household.


Just stay away from the island, there’s a good chap Bob.

Eagle eye

I hear their looking for a land army to pick the fruit and veg. Seems like an ideal job for Captain Bob to take command of.


No real need to profile yourself Bob is there?


Must be Bob who disagrees

Mark L Francis

Jesus H Christ, Bob! Parliament is a covid 19 hotbed, Boris cronies are dropping like flies – shouldnt you be self-isolating ?

Angela Hewitt

I am not a BOB fan but this is a case of dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t. But yes Eagle eye. great candidate to motivate the lad army who will be needed very soon. Perhaps supported by the thousands of teenagers currently out of uni.


Sideshow Bob is an ex spin doctor for the tory party, all he ever does is self promote via gimmicks and any action is always dressed up to make him appear to be a man of action and substance.