It's National Volunteers’ Week – a time to say thanks!
During National Volunteers’ Week 2020, Telford & Wrekin Council is taking the opportunity to thank and celebrate local volunteers and voluntary groups for all they are doing to help others and make a difference in our communities.
Over the past few extraordinary weeks, everyone has come together to help each other as never before. “It is therefore more important than ever that we recognise the work and contribution of volunteers and say thanks”, said council leader cllr Shaun Davies.
The local theme for this year’s National Volunteers’ Week, which runs from today (1 June) until 7 June, is therefore ‘A time to say thanks’.
Throughout the week, the council will take a look at how volunteers have been helping its staff to support the borough’s most vulnerable residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will also look back at some of the other ways its volunteers have been helping communities over the past year.
Feed the Birds volunteers, Street Champions, Junior Street Champions, Health Champions, events volunteers, Snow Wardens, Young People’s forum volunteers, and environmental and parks groups are among those being recognised and thanked during the week-long celebration.
Cllr Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for communities, said: “We couldn’t miss this opportunity to join the celebration and say thank you to all of the individuals and groups who give up their time to help others and improve their local areas.
“This year has been difficult for us all, but everyone who has volunteered has been amazing. Council staff have also gone that extra mile to serve our communities. I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful, caring community.
“On behalf of the council, I say thank you for your help during the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you for your help during the recent floods. And thank you to our regular volunteers who are always there, helping us to look after local neighbourhoods, communities and green spaces. You are all truly amazing!”
‘Thank you’ e-cards are being sent to volunteers and volunteer groups during National Volunteers’ Week, with a message asking the recipient to ‘pass it on’ to their volunteers in a bid to spread the thanks and appreciation.
Follow the council on social media @TelfordWrekin to hear some local volunteering stories that have warmed the council’s heart and also to find out about volunteering opportunities near you.