Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Volunteers part of Thurrock’s lifeblood

THE work of dozens of volunteers was celebrated last week.

Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Yash Gupta — himself a volunteer — helped mark national Volunteers’ Week by presenting certificates to the volunteers who support council services at The Civic Offices in Grays.

At present, a total of 148 volunteers support a range of council services including emergency planning, libraries, the heritage, museum, and the youth offending team to name just a few.

Cllr Gupta said: “Volunteers across the borough all deserve recognition and our thanks for their commitment and for giving up their time to supporting local services.

“It is important to say thank you, and I am pleased the council is involving volunteers in day-to-day services as this really adds value to how we work with residents.”

He added: “Volunteering covers an amazingly large and varied area of work and is carried out by people who are not seeking reward or recognition.

”This small ceremony is the least we can do to say thank you and to encourage others to volunteer.”

Thurrock Council has a number of volunteer opportunities currently vacant which can be viewed on the council’s website at http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/volunteering/.

Volunteer roles also include supporting the carers centre, working with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and school governor roles.

For further details regarding volunteering with Thurrock Council contact community@thurrock.gov.uk or call 01375 652486.

Wider volunteering in Thurrock is supported by ngage and details are available online at volunteer@ngagethurrock.org.uk

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