Jenny Willott MP thanks local volunteers

June 3, 2013 11:42 AM

Jenny at Foodbank

This week, 1-7 June 2013, is Volunteer Week 2013. Now in its 29th year, Volunteers' Week is a nationwide week to celebrate the work of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help others.

Organisations will be taking the opportunity to recognise the contribution of their volunteers through holding awards ceremonies, recruitment fairs, celebration events, training opportunities and volunteer taster sessions.

In Cardiff, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre will play host to a celebration of volunteering and volunteers on Wednesday 5th June from 10am-4pm. There will be an exhibition showcasing the best Cardiff has to offer in volunteering and volunteer organisations will also have stalls offering advice to potential volunteers. Action on Hearing Loss and St John's Cymru will also be holding other events in Cardiff as part of the celebration.

Jenny Willott, Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central, has today expressed support for volunteers working in Cardiff and thanked them for their contribution.

Commenting, Jenny Willott said:

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations and do fantastic work in so many different areas, ranging from charities to museums to sports clubs. Without their dedication and hard work, lots of the services on which many of us depend would simply not be able to function.

"I am incredibly grateful to all of the many people I know work so hard in my constituency, Cardiff Central, devoting their time and energy to helping others.

"But during Volunteer Week I think it's also important to stress what volunteers themselves can gain from the experience: I'm sure all volunteers would agree that volunteering brings real benefits to them too, whether that is learning new skills, getting back into paid work, improving physical or mental well-being, or simply meeting interesting people and having fun.

"Volunteer Week is a great opportunity for us to say thank you to all the volunteers who make our society a better place. I hope it also encourages other people to get involved."

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