In light of the on-going Covid-19 public health emergency and the continued challenges posed by Covid-19 for our overseas partners, a decision has been made to postpone all unnecessary travel and international overseas volunteering placements until such a time that the impact of Covid-19 can be more clearly assessed.
This very disappointing news, but it is the responsible decision we must take in a time of such global uncertainty. SERVE believes in volunteering that is responsible and responsive to the needs of our overseas partners. Our approach is grounded in the principle of solidarity and adheres to the value base of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice. We work with marginalised and vulnerable communities who live in basic conditions, often with limited access to healthcare and adequate sanitation. The risks posed by Covid-19 to these communities is significant. It is our view, that a balanced ethical consideration compels us not to put vulnerable people at risk by continuing to send volunteers who may be carriers of the virus.
It is better to take proactive steps now, rather than to later regret inaction. We will continue to explore creative ways to support our partner’s communities in 2021 and beyond.
Yours in Solidarity,
The SERVE Board and Team
SERVE Office Remote Working Status
The SERVE office remains closed in response to government COVID-19 restrictions and we continue to deliver our services remotely. Our staff team remains committed to ensuring high levels of service to our partners and supporter. Please Contact Us should you need our support. We will continue to work from home until it is safe to return. We remain optimistic the vaccine and other public health measures will enable us to open up the office and receive visitors again in the near future. For now, we remain apart but together online.