Volunteers are playing an important role in the coordinated community response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
As it is currently Volunteers Week (1-7 June), it is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank volunteers for their commitment over the last couple of months during the pandemic.
While some people have suddenly found themselves volunteering as part of the coordinated community response, with around 2,100 residents across west Cheshire registering their support, others have volunteered in their community for many years. Volunteers old and new have gone above and beyond to support vulnerable people.
Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire West Voluntary Action are working together during Volunteers Week to share inspiring stories about how volunteers have played their part.
One of them is Henry, who has been giving up the vast majority of his free time to volunteer for a number of different organisations.
Even though he has a full-time job in engineering, Henry has still found the time to volunteer three-times-a-week for the Port Grocery in Ellesmere Port, collecting and delivering food to those in need.
Henry has also taken part in befriending calls through the NHS Volunteer Responders initiative, helped walk a guide dog for a vulnerable man, and picked up a couple of prescriptions.
How you can get involved during Volunteers Week
The Council’s Inspire Cheshire West gives you the opportunity to share your stories about how you’ve supported your community.
You can also share your volunteering stories on your own social media accounts. Make sure you use #VolunteersWeek and download the Volunteers Week artwork the Council and CWVA have developed.