Council thanks record number of volunteers

National Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June, is an annual celebration of volunteers to give thanks for the contribution they make.

This year Telford & Wrekin Council is thanking a record number of volunteers who have given up their time to help others and make a difference in the borough.

Since last year’s campaign nearly 500 additional volunteers have selflessly given their time to help support council schemes that help the community, increasing the number of volunteers the council has to nearly 1,500.

And there are many more volunteers supporting other organisations across Telford and Wrekin too – making it a big part of community life.

Councillor Rae Evans, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Partnerships, Culture & Leisure, said “We would like to offer a huge heartfelt thanks to all of the volunteers in the borough of Telford and Wrekin who are making a massive difference to our community.

“They do such a brilliant job and it is important they feel supported and know how very much we appreciate what they do.

“For volunteer week, we will be contacting our volunteers personally to say thank you for their efforts and for the difference they have made to our borough and their communities.”

One such volunteer is Hannah Dawes who has volunteered to be a Feed the Birds Volunteer while on maternity leave. She regularly visits a housebound elderly lady with her baby daughter. Together they feed the birds in the lady’s garden.

Hannah said: “Volunteering leaves me with a feeling of fulfilment, knowing my daughter and I are benefiting someone else’s life.

“The lady I visit has dementia and depression, but during the time I have been visiting her I have seen a vast improvement. Over time we have built a great relationship and the admiration she has for my daughter is wonderful.

“I also look forward to explaining to my daughter, when she is old enough to understand, that we both used to volunteer. Hopefully it will help install good morals, a positive outlook and influence with the way she views others.”

Throughout the week, as part of the campaign the council will be working with local groups and organisations to highlight some of the borough’s volunteers and the benefits they get from it.

Councillor Rae Evans, added: “Many people volunteer to give themselves a sense of purpose and improve their wellbeing, others do it to learn new skills, gain experience to add to a CV, but most of all it is an opportunity to meet new people, boost confidence and have fun!

“There are many different opportunities available for all ages, making it easier than ever for people to get involved, regardless of how busy their lifestyles are – whether it is a one off, short term or longer term, Everyone has something to offer so why not try volunteering yourself?”

For more information about volunteering opportunities in Telford and Wrekin, visit the Volunteer Telford website.

Picture: Volunteer Hannah Dawes with her daughter Florence and the lady she helps.

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