MP Stephen Metcalfe praises Thurrock’s volunteers

STEPHEN Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has joined local and national charities this week to thank volunteers for all the contributions they make. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration in recognition of all the hard work volunteers take part in. Events are taking place across the country to mark Volunteers’ Week 2015, which runs from 1-7 June.

Stephen Metcalfe commented: “Volunteers’ week is a very important occasion, as we have so many hardworking and dedicated volunteers here in Basildon and Thurrock, who do tremendous work for the local community.”

“My constituents will all be aware of the amazing work that St Luke’s Hospice does for example. We also have Christian Care Homes and the Thurrock Christian Fellowship trust – as well as the South Essex Gymnastics club, all who rely on the work of volunteers to serve the community.”

“I encourage anyone who is interested, to get in contact with their local charities and to get involved in some of the most rewarding work they will possibly do in their lives. As the volunteers of Basildon and Thurrock will tell us all, there is so much to be gained from giving up your spare time for a cause that you believe in”.

Justin Davis Smith, director of volunteering and development at NCVO, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said: “Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise volunteers who put their time, energy and enthusiasm into helping others. Whether it’s clearing out a local park, or helping with a reading club or food bank, volunteers are the social glue keeping our communities together. This week of events across the country will, I hope, show people how much their contribution is valued, and will give MPs an opportunity to see what is going on in their local areas.”

“Last year marked 30 years of Volunteers’ Week celebrations, highlighting how rich our history of social action really is. We hope that this Volunteers’ Week you will join us in saying thank you to everyone who volunteers.”

“This year, as well as thank you events organised by charities, volunteers are being encouraged to share their own stories and motivations on social media using the hashtag #ivolunteer.”

To find out more visit www.volunteersweek.org and follow #volunteersweek and #ivolunteer.

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