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Thanks to all our volunteers

Published: 28 May 2020

Celebrating Volunteers Week

Volunteers Week 1 June – 7 June

It's Volunteers Week 1 June – 7 June which is our chance to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers in Surrey. For all they do to help our communities daily but particularly for the invaluable help they've provided in Surrey during Coronavirus. And we also recognise that going forward the time and effort given by volunteers will still be essential for helping to get our county back on it's feet.

Volunteers have carried out acts big and small but have been right there for our most vulnerable residents at a time when many have been asked to self-isolate. They have stepped forward helping with picking up prescriptions, helping people with shopping, befriending services, walking dogs or answering the helplines that have pointed residents in the right direction for help, advice and support. See the video below to get an idea of some of things they've achieved recently.

A special thanks goes to the Councils for Voluntary Service (CVSs) and Volunteer Centres in Surrey who are our trusted partners for coordinating volunteers in Surrey. Across the county there have been approximately 10,700 registered volunteers. Through the Volunteer Centres alone 7,000 volunteers have come forward, compared to 800 this time last year. During Coronavirus there have been a total of 276 active community, voluntary and faith organisations that have been helping the Surrey Local Resilience Forum with the relief effort in Surrey.

Libraries when they are physically open usually rely heavily on volunteers who come in to help with all sorts of things from being digital buddies, managing stock, or helping with storytimes for little ones. Whilst they're not needed at this moment in time, Surrey libraries say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped in the past. Watch this space as libraries begin to open and volunteers will once again be called upon. Head over to Shelf Life to get a taste for what volunteers do in Surrey libraries.

If you'd like to volunteer in your local community check out the Surrey County Council Volunteering web pages for more information on how you can make a difference through volunteering.

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