Celebrations are due to take place during Volunteers Week 1-7 June. Both Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) and Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CNWA) are working together to celebrate the role volunteers are continuing to play in the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Whilst some volunteers already played a large part in their communities many more have chosen to volunteer during the pandemic to ensure vulnerable groups get the help they need.

As part of the coordinated community response to COVID-19 recruited volunteers have been signposted by CWVA to community initiatives or charities, while others have been good neighbours in their own local areas.

CWaC Council Leader, Louise Gittins said:

The response from the community has been outstanding from the very beginning.  We all like to celebrate the work of volunteers as they make such a difference and whilst it is a regular activity for some, others have done this for the first time.This is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all the great work done since lockdown and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible involved.

Clare Harrison, deputy CEO of CNWA, commented:

We had already been running – pre COVID – a ‘Year Of Volunteering’ and whilst that has been put on hold for now, Volunteers’ Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate and thank them for their service across west Cheshire. The impressive numbers of volunteers shows just how much people of the area want to help those who are vulnerable. There are some fantastic stories to be shared throughout the week to show how people from all backgrounds have played their part.

To find out more or to upload your stories visit the Inspire Cheshire West website: http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/inspire