1600. Rory Moore
Rory Moore, aged 19, from Surrey, is a member of the UK Youth Parliament who set up ‘CCV Global’ in response to the pandemic to encourage young people to volunteer in their communities.
Rory set up ‘Coronavirus Community Volunteering’ at the start of outbreak among friends as a way of supporting elderly and vulnerable people in his rural village with day-to-day activities like grocery shopping or having a chat over the phone. The movement quickly picked up pace across the UK, and after connecting with international friends on the need for creating similar community volunteering organisations where they lived, Rory transformed ‘CCV’ into a global network. ‘CCV Global’ is now the largest COVID-19 volunteering organisation in the world, with 35,000 volunteers in 40 different countries.
In a personal letter to Rory, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Congratulations on the incredible success of ‘CCV Global’. In under a year, you have convened an astonishing 35,000 volunteers across 40 nations to spread countless acts of voluntary kindness.
“Through your app design, you have made volunteering accessible and simple. Whether it is matching volunteers with those in need of essential supplies, or even just a listening ear, your network has touched thousands of lives.
“You are an inspiration, and a testament to the power of our youth in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
“I am incredibly honoured to have been recognised by the Prime Minister and receive this award.
“With the world facing the biggest public health challenge in over a century, my organisation has worked hard to assist those in need around the globe. Reaching 40 countries across six continents, our digital volunteering infrastructure has simultaneously provided vital services to the vulnerable and encouraged individuals to help out in their communities.
“I would like to dedicate this award to our team of volunteers around the world who are doing their best to tackle the effects of COVID-19 where they live.”