National Volunteers’ Week - A time to say thanks, we are stronger together!
Telford & Wrekin Council will once again be celebrating National Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, to say thanks to local volunteers, voluntary organisations and community groups for all they do to help others and make a difference in local communities.
During the pandemic, people have come together to help each other as never before and the community spirit has been “fantastic”, says cllr Paul Watling, cabinet member for co-operative communities, engagement and partnerships.
He added: “So many organisations, groups and individuals have come together to help others. As well as the more organised support around food distribution and vaccination centres, people have helped their neighbours with shopping, picking up prescriptions and walking dogs.
“These acts of kindness bring us together, showing how connected communities are stronger and more resilient to tackle challenges. As we recover from the pandemic, we have the chance to continue to support and help each other for a stronger, kinder future.
“As well as helping others, there are so many benefits to volunteering – improved confidence and wellbeing, a sense of purpose, new friends, valuable work experience that can help boost job prospects, and having fun.”
Throughout the week, the council will be taking a look at how volunteers, voluntary organisations and community groups have been supporting local communities over the past year, and to say thanks.
Stories will be shared on the council’s social media channels @TelfordWrekin along with details of how people can find out about volunteering opportunities. SW1 will be lit up purple and electronic road signs will display messages of thanks for the duration of celebration. Thank you cards will also be sent to local volunteers.
Council leader cllr Shaun Davies will be joining the week-long celebration. He said: “On behalf of the council, I would like to thank everyone who gives their time to help others or improve their local area. I am so proud to be part of such a caring community.
“You are all amazing, and I hope that by sharing just some of the stories, we can ignite a passion to help in others too.”
More information about volunteering is available online www.telford.gov.uk/volunteering or email: email@example.com