Volunteers’ Week may be different this year, but Worcestershire County Council will still be celebrating those who have made a difference during the coronavirus crisis
Volunteer’s week normally takes place every year from 1st to 7th June.
Although the events aren’t taking place, due to social distancing, Worcestershire County Council will still be celebrating the thousands of people from all parts of the county who have offered their time and support particularly at this difficult time.
Charities, voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals have all played their part in Worcestershire’s response to the pandemic.
The County Council is running the community action campaign called ‘Here 2 Help’ providing support and help for those people who need it.
To date, over 2,000 people have got in touch to offer help with shopping, collecting medicine or jobs around the home such as gardening or putting out bins. The Here2Help team is also working with colleagues and partners from the voluntary sector to tackle things such as loneliness and mental health issues.
Lucy Hodgson Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “This year, during what is normally Volunteers’ Week, we are taking the opportunity to focus on those who have stepped up and made a real difference to vulnerable people and those self-isolating during the pandemic through our Here2Help website.
“We couldn’t do it all on our own and value our volunteers, with their local knowledge and on the ground ability to get help where and when its needed to be most effective.
“As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on the volunteers themselves, offering new experiences and developing new skills as well as boosting self-esteem.”
Volunteers are central to the work of countless other charities and organizations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a big difference in diverse places such as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.
If you are in need of non-urgent support find out more about Here2Help and complete our online form on the Council website.
If you are not able to access the online forms call 01905 768053.
The number is available to call Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm.