From 1 to 7 June, North Yorkshire will be celebrating Volunteers’ Week, the national event recognising the contribution made by the millions of people who volunteer in the UK.
Community organisations, social enterprises and individual volunteers make a huge contribution to lives across the county and enable extended service provision in ways that would not otherwise be possible.
Last year, almost 6,000 volunteers helped North Yorkshire County Council to deliver services to communities, with home library service volunteers delivering more than 50,000 items to 14,000 people who can’t get to a library and 98 countryside volunteers spending 1,322 hours maintaining public rights of way.
Chair of the County Council, Cllr Jim Clark, will attend several events across the county throughout the week, meeting a variety of volunteers, including school governors, library volunteers and members of the young people’s council.
Cllr Clark said: “It will be an honour as one of my first duties as chair to meet and thank just some of the thousands of volunteers who make such a vital contribution to life in the county for so many.”
Cllr David Chance, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, added: “Volunteers bring a variety of skills, knowledge and expertise to the projects and initiatives they’re involved with, which in North Yorkshire range from people working with our archives team to volunteers who support the emergency response during a major incident. We also have volunteers who promote waste reduction and act as peer mentors for care leavers as well as volunteers enhancing the customer experience at our children’s centres and residential care homes. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their commitment, energy and enthusiasm.”
To recognise the contribution volunteers make to communities in North Yorkshire, the County Council is inviting nominations for its annual community awards scheme. The awards celebrate voluntary work by individuals and organisations countywide. Nominations close on 7 June. For more information, go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/communityawards.
Find out about volunteering opportunities with the County Council and in North Yorkshire generally.