Big ‘thank you’ to volunteers for being a lifeline to the community

Hounslow Council and the Ealing and Hounslow CVS are throwing out a ‘big thank you’ to thousands of volunteers who stepped forward to help vulnerable people throughout the pandemic.

Published: Tuesday, 1st June 2021

Volunteers week

Over three thousand residents gave their time and energy to help feed the elderly, shield families and ensure some of our most vulnerable communities were protected.

They are being honoured as part of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) when Hounslow Council, with partners Ealing and Hounslow CVS, are taking the opportunity to thank all the volunteers for going that extra mile during the pandemic.

Volunteers like Debbie Noad, Community Champion for Hounslow Council, who has been volunteering for over a year. She says she is proud to be part of the initiative and feels that it is important for COVID-19 messages to reach people of all ages and backgrounds in the community. Debbie said: “I live and work in the borough and like to keep informed so that I can share messages with local people. Navigating your way through the rules and knowing when you can get vaccinated can be really confusing.

“I’ve also got to know so many people and built a rapport with them. I have really enjoyed being a community champion. But, most importantly, it has made such a difference to people living in Heston, which is fantastic.”

Reggie Thomas, Community Hub volunteer, said: “As a volunteer for Hounslow Council, I undertook a number of rewarding roles including providing meals to the elderly, people with disabilities and shielding families with children. Residents are so grateful for small gestures of help, such as taking them for their hospital and GP appointments and Covid vaccinations. It is so humbling to be able to support our community. It is important to step up and offer whatever support we can during these challenging times.”

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said: “This year’s Volunteers’ Week is all about recognising the contribution our volunteers have made across the borough. I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our fantastic volunteers and would encourage everyone to take the time to say thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped and supported them over the last year. Their crucial contribution has not stopped, despite the uncertain times we find ourselves in, and will continue as an important part of our borough’s recovery.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in Volunteers’ Week and volunteering please visit the Ealing and Hounslow CVS website https://ehcvs.org.uk/

Notes to editors

Ealing & Hounslow CVS is commissioned by Hounslow Council to be the official Volunteer Centre for the London Borough of Hounslow.

They aim to inspire and support volunteering across the borough by:

•     Enabling individuals to register and find placements

•     Supporting organisations with their volunteer management by running a business volunteer programme

•     Developing quality volunteer placements

•     Assisting charities, public and private sector organisations to successfully involve volunteers

For more information about Ealing and Hounslow CVS please visit their website: https://ehcvs.org.uk/ or email: parule@ehcvs.org.uk

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