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Council thanks volunteers

It’s Volunteer Week from Tuesday 1 to Monday 7 June. This is an opportunity for everyone to say thank you to the millions of volunteers who give up their time to help improve their local communities.

Volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response. In the Wyre Forest district, almost 200 residents registered as volunteers for Worcestershire’s Here2Help scheme. This was set up by Worcestershire councils to support people during the pandemic. Over the past 12 months they have provided assistance, offering everything from deliveries of essential items such as groceries and medicines to providing a listening ear for those who were isolating and lonely.

The district has always had an active volunteering community helping to make a positive impact for many people. They play a key role at youth clubs and sports clubs, supporting older people, charity fundraising, working in nature and conservation and much more.

Volunteering is also proven to improve wellbeing and mental health. As well as feeling good, it can boost confidence and help people gain valuable new skills and experiences.

Councillor Nicky Martin, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health, Wellbeing and Democratic Services said: “Thank you to all the brilliant volunteers in our district. The hard work and hours they put in, especially during such a testing year, hasn’t gone unnoticed they really are superheroes.

“This week is an opportunity to really celebrate and reflect on all the brilliant things they have achieved.

“If anyone is interested in volunteering opportunities please visit our website - https://www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/volunteerfair.”

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