Whether you’re a volunteer who’s been delivering meals or shopping to our communities over the last few months, or you’ve been working hard all year round to help others, East Ayrshire Council wants to say thank you!
We’re all going through a challenging time at the moment, so during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), the Council wants to recognise those in our community who have used their time and their kindness to make a difference to the lives of others.
If you would like to thank a volunteer who has helped you, either during the current coronavirus situation or at any other time, you can:
• Visit www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/volunteersweek and submit a thank you message online. Your message will then appear alongside others on the website for volunteers to see.
• Find a print-at-home thank you postcard at www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/volunteersweek, fill it in and give it to your volunteer when you next see them. A number of cards will also be distributed to communities for those who may not have internet access or a printer.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council, said: “I always knew that East Ayrshire was a place full of caring and compassionate people, but I am still overwhelmed by the sheer number of volunteers, groups and neighbours who have stepped up and done what they can in these challenging times to help others.
“We’ve had over 1000 volunteers register with us since this crisis began and we’re so grateful to each and every one of them. We’ve had people delivering shopping and prescriptions for the more vulnerable members of our community; others making befriending phone calls and checking on those who are shielding, and some have also been preparing meals for local residents. Some of our volunteers have been helping care homes and sheltered housing too, as well as supporting the free school meals and foodbank.
“We are also so grateful to those volunteers who work all year round helping those who need it most, and not just during the current situation. My thanks go to all volunteers for their incredible efforts, and I’m sure that our residents will want to join me in saying thank you too.”