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Thanking the borough’s dedicated volunteers this Volunteers Week

Dedicated volunteers across the Basingstoke and Deane are being celebrated during National Volunteers Week which runs between 1 and 7 June.

The borough has thousands of committed volunteers who dedicate their time to support their communities by running health and wellbeing, social, environmental and educational activities.

Since March 2020, many residents have come forward for the first time to be part of the borough’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering support to those who needed it most and playing a central role in the running of the borough’s vaccination centres.

As well as enabling a number of activities to take place and supporting other people, there are a number of personal benefits to volunteering including a feeling of giving back, learning new skills and meeting new people.

And volunteering comes in many forms, from running clubs and activities across the borough to delivering food supplies to vulnerable residents and being a friendly voice on the end of a phone.

Volunteers can dedicate as much or as little time that they can give but their work makes a huge difference to those who they support.

Basingstoke Voluntary Action supports voluntary sector organisations with help and advice and supports residents looking for community services, charities or activities. The team also runs the Volunteer North Hampshire website to pair volunteers with voluntary sector organisations.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Simon Bound said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone and I have been inspired by the community spirit that we have seen across the borough, with many people volunteering for the first time to support people in their local communities.

“As we look ahead to the recovery from the pandemic and shaping the future of the borough, it would be great to see residents continuing to spend time in their local areas and more people coming forward to volunteer. Volunteering is incredibly enriching, and you can dedicate as much or little time as you can give but it makes a huge difference to those who you support.

“On behalf of the borough, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who go the extra mile every day to make our borough a great place to live and help to bring their communities together.”

Chief Executive of Basingstoke Voluntary Action Tony Capon added: “The thousands of volunteers working tirelessly across the borough form the backbone of the support offered to those in need in our communities. Volunteers Week is an opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone for their selfless hard work and dedication - your community spirit is what makes Basingstoke and Deane a truly fantastic place to live.

“Here at BVA we’re delighted to be supporting Volunteers Week with a number of activities and events including encouraging more people to come forward to volunteer with our fantastic local community groups. If you’re interested why not get in touch and see how you can make a difference!”

If you would like to volunteer and help to make a real difference to people’s lives, visit www.volunteernorthhants.org/ or visit www.bvaction.org.uk

Jessica Bave