This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), voluntary groups across the Borough are being praised for the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day, and especially for their positive and compassionate response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Community and voluntary organisations throughout Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough have been praised for their incredible response to the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Volunteers’ Week ‘Time to Say Thank You’ campaign.
Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to thank the many volunteers across the Borough whose impact often goes unrecognised. Irrespective of whether they are involved in the covid response or not, the spotlight this week is being shone on local volunteers across all sectors who play a significant role in our communities.
To support local community and voluntary groups, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) opens at various points throughout the year. Earlier this year, constituted groups were able to apply for FAP funding specifically to help with the Covid-19 response. Groups from across the Borough mobilised a huge number of volunteers who stepped in to help support the most vulnerable people in the community.
Lord Mayor Councillor Kevin Savage commented:
“It is timely that my first week as Lord Mayor coincides with Volunteers’ Week, giving me the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the many selfless volunteers in our Borough who are supporting the entire community through the current health crisis.
“All year round volunteers add to the fabric of our Borough and – although many volunteers have had to stand down during the pandemic for various reasons – we have seen a new wave of people stepping up to help the most vulnerable in our society during this difficult time. I hope those who are new to volunteering have got a taste for the rewarding experience it offers and will continue to offer their valuable talents and skills as we move to the recovery phase of this crisis and start to rebuild our communities.
“The community response in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough has been phenomenal. We can’t do justice to the wealth and variety of work undertaken by volunteers over the last number of weeks, or quantify the impact this work has had on the people who needed help.”
Keep an eye on council’s social media pages over the next couple of weeks for a flavour of what just some of the community and voluntary groups in the Borough have been involved in over the last number of weeks. In the meantime you can show your support for Volunteers’ Week by sharing stories on social media using the hashtags #VolunteersWeek and #TimeToSayThankYou.