From 1-7 June, North Yorkshire County Council will be celebrating volunteers’ week, the national event recognising the contribution of the 22 million people who volunteer in the UK. Community organisations, social enterprises and individual volunteers make a huge contribution to lives across the county.
Cllr David Chance, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, said: “We’re fortunate in North Yorkshire to have such enthusiastic and committed volunteers working to support County Council teams and the community and to have such a thriving network of community organisations. The volunteer support ranges from people working in libraries and children’s centres to our major incident response team offering support after a serious incident.
“There are also volunteers providing community transport, running playgroups and helping people who are lonely to feel less isolated. What they all have in common is a desire to make things better for people in their local communities and for that I personally feel very grateful.”
Volunteering is popular in North Yorkshire, with 44 per cent of respondents to a 2016 survey stating that over the last 12 months they had given unpaid help by volunteering for a group, club or organisation at least once a month.
To recognise and celebrate the contribution volunteers make to communities in North Yorkshire, the County Council is inviting nominations for its annual community awards scheme. The awards, which are now in their fourth year, recognise and celebrate voluntary work by individuals and organisations countywide. For more information, go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/communityawards. Nominations close on 4 June, 2018.
People can find out about volunteering opportunities in North Yorkshire online at www.communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk/volunteering, or for volunteer roles specifically within the County Council go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/volunteering.