Seldom in the 80 years of our charity’s existence has it been so apparent how important the contribution of our volunteers is.
With a large proportion of our district’s residents facing an uncertain future due to Covid-19, we’re exceedingly grateful and proud of the lengths that our volunteers are going to, to ensure there is a helping hand for any resident that needs it.
To all of our volunteers,
Over the past few months, I’ve seen and heard so many incredible stories about how you’ve been working hard to deliver our service – from kitchens, homes, gardens and even greenhouses. Many of you have changed the way you work – so that we can continue to be there for everyone. Others of you have had to step back and I know you’ve still been supporting our service all the way.
As we start a new month, it also marks the start of Volunteers Week 2020. This is always a time to step back and celebrate the incredible impact you have on people’s lives, and how frankly, we couldn’t do what we do without you. I have over the past few months constantly been reminded that our service is made up of so many brilliant volunteers and although we’ve all been separated, we remain a team and one service.
This year everything feels different – and so does Volunteers Week. Whilst we usually celebrate – this year I want to take this opportunity to focus on saying thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done to support people over the past few months, and indeed the past year.
Our service is a lifeline for those that need free, impartial and confidential advice. Whilst many of you will have been used to giving that advice in-person – now you’re there on the other end of the phone line or a computer so that you can be there for everyone whoever they are and whatever their problem.
Volunteering is, at heart, about helping people. It’s about making a gift of your time. I wanted to let you know that this gift, however you have and continue to contribute to our service, is deeply appreciated.
Thank you and best wishes,
Gillian, Chief Executive