Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is today joining local charities in thanking local volunteers for their hard work supporting people and communities across Denton and Reddish ahead of Volunteers Week 2021 (1 – 7 June).
Volunteers Week is now in it’s 37th year, and annually celebrates the dedication and work of millions of volunteers up and down the country.
Volunteers Week is taking place during the #MonthOfCommunity which runs throughout June and brings together organisations including Volunteers’ Week, The Big Lunch and Small Charity Week and culminates in Thank You Day on 4 July. The month aims to encourage everyone to think about and join in with the wide variety of positive activities and initiatives happening in local communities across the UK.
Andrew Gwynne said:
‘Over the last year, we have all witnessed the unbelievable work that volunteers have done both on a national level and in our local communities. I would like to take the time to thank all of those who have volunteered over the last twelve months, and those who usually volunteer but have been unable to due to the pandemic. I have seen how great local volunteering can be, and have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering as secretary of Friends of Tame Valley.
From volunteers helping us administer the COVID Vaccine to those who have distributed food parcels to families in need, volunteers have changed and saved lives.
I would encourage everyone across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons to take some time to thank Volunteers, and take part in Volunteers Week in any way they can’.
Sarah Vilbert, interim chief executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which supports the coordination of Volunteers’ Week, said:
“Volunteers’ Week is about recognising all of those who have delivered vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months. We should acknowledge the huge number of first-time volunteers in communities around the country, and also say thank you to all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.
Volunteers are always working at the heart of every UK community. It is hard to overstate the incredible impact they have made during an incredibly challenging year.
The pandemic has highlighted how much we need each other as a society. Charities and volunteering enable us to put that need into action and remain at the heart of our communities through the best and worst times. As a result of the incredible impact that volunteers have had during the pandemic, and continue to have in the recovery efforts, more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by the amazing volunteers across the UK.
We must ensure this recognition continues. That is why, on this 37th annual Volunteers’ Week, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!”