Upon the conclusion of Volunteers’ Week, Shadow Cabinet members from the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group have paid tribute to all the volunteers who give up their time for the good of our community.

Cllr Vince Maple, Leader of the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group said:

“This week has been a great opportunity to say a heart felt thank you to volunteers across Medway.  Whether it is those who have made events happen over the past weekend or played such an important role during the CoVid pandemic, volunteers have made and continue to make such a vital contribution to so many aspects of life in Medway.”

Cllr Simon Curry, Medway Labour and Co-operative Group Shadow Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Culture and the Environment added: 

“We all have something to contribute to our local community; whether in the health sector, our local church or food bank or to our local greenspace. Volunteer Week is a chance to say a huge thank you to everyone who helps out in their local area and also to encourage us all to join in.

“For me, it’s my local environment and our local parks, and you can find out more by visiting Medway Urban Greenspaces Forum – working in partnership with Medway Council and community groups to protect and improve our parks and public green spaces (mugsforum.org)

Cllr Clive Johnson, Medway Labour and Co-operative Group Shadow Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

‘It’s clear from the Jubilee celebrations locally what a difference volunteers make to our communities in Medway.  I pay especial tribute to volunteers who support our local charities and to the many people who give freely of their time, effort and skills to support our young people in the many youth groups, uniformed and non-uniformed, throughout Medway.  That voluntary effort is enormous and makes a real difference to the lives of our young people.  Thank you to you all.’

Cllr Teresa Murray. Deputy Leader of the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group said:

“Volunteers’ week gives everyone the opportunity to show gratitude and support to the many volunteers who make a difference to our community every day.

“I would like to particularly focus on those who volunteer in the Care sector whose dedication and hard work make life better for many people with long term health conditions or disability.

“Across Medway there are many social groups, cafes and advice sessions which help reduce isolation and create purposeful activity for vulnerable people every day enabling them to improve their health, access services and take part in our community life.

“It’s also important to remember the many family carers who selflessly give time and effort to support their loved ones throughout the year. Praise for volunteer and family carers is well deserved and many could do an even better job if more financial support was available. Representatives from our Group will be joining Medway Carers first at their celebration and information event in Rochester today assuring those attending that Labour value the contribution they make and recognise the need to ensure more support for volunteer and family carers.”

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