To mark Volunteers’ Week, Cheshire East Council is expressing its thanks to the thousands of residents who have taken time to help in their communities over the past year.
The Council gave particular credit to those who have stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic, supporting over 4,200 residents through the People Helping People scheme. Through this scheme, vulnerable or shielding residents were able to receive essential medications and shopping, or emotional support. At its peak, 2,000 volunteers were signed up to offer their support, with the scheme coordinators overwhelmed with the fantastic response from the community and volume of applicants. This support remains ongoing, with many other individuals being supported by volunteers outside of our People Helping People scheme throughout our communities.
Volunteers’ Week takes place every year from 1-7 June, and this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to highlight the vital contribution of volunteers in Cheshire East. This year, the work of volunteers will be celebrated throughout the week with a coordinated programme of volunteer stories, case studies, and social media activity, shining light on the selfless people who put others in their community first.
Cllr Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council’s environment and communities committee, said:
We have been overwhelmed by the gestures of goodwill and the strength of community spirit right across the borough, and this support continues to flourish.
“Volunteering isn’t something new – we know that volunteers were serving our society long before the pandemic hit, but this year community involvement has reached new levels, with commitment to helping others reaching an incredible scale.
“We have received many letters and emails of thanks for the support that our volunteers have provided, and the number of volunteers continuing to offer their assistance in the community is astounding. A huge thank you to each and every volunteer in Cheshire East.
“As we move towards brighter times, we expect the types of support required to change, as many of our vulnerable people will need ongoing support as they start to integrate back into society and lead their lives as they did before the pandemic.”