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Thank you to our volunteers and community groups

by Laura Johnston

It’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) and we’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers and community groups whose actions have made a huge difference to those facing hardship during the Coronavirus crisis.

Since the council’s Community Support and Volunteer Line was launched in March, almost 180 volunteers have been recruited, with many providing essential support to residents such as picking up and delivering food shopping, dog walking for people who are self-isolating, as well as a ‘check in and chat’ service for residents who are feeling socially isolated and just need someone to talk to.

Community groups across Knowsley have also provided vital local support to individuals and families, ensuring they have food supplies and offering much-needed advice and signposting to other services.

In addition, a number of volunteers have been deployed to support Knowsley Foodbank and assist with food parcels and food distribution to local residents.

And their efforts haven’t gone unappreciated. A message of thanks has come from the daughter of a Huyton resident who lives outside the area and contacted the hub to ask for help for her father. After her father received support from Huyton volunteers she said: “Thank you so very much.  I cannot thank you enough for your help.”

Another message of thanks came from a Page Moss resident who thanked a volunteer who delivered her shopping on his bike. She commented: “He was lovely and couldn’t have been more helpful.”

As well as individuals and groups volunteering their time to support others, a number of Knowsley businesses have also pledged their support too, by donating their services such as transportation to assist with food deliveries as well as donating food items and donating money to the Big Help Project’s Knowsley Foodbank to enable food items to be purchased.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “We recognise the fantastic work done by groups and individuals who volunteer to help those in need every day, and Volunteers’ Week gives us a special opportunity to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to everyone who has stepped up to volunteer their time and support.

“I’m overwhelmed with the offers of help we’ve received since we launched our Community Support and Volunteer Line. It shows the great community spirit we have here in Knowsley with everyone wanting to work together and support one another. We are all living and working through challenging times at the moment, so it’s a time when people need a little bit more support. There is somewhere for people in Knowsley to turn to – no-one is alone and we will get through this together.”

Knowsley’s Community Support and Volunteer Line can be contacted on Freephone 0800 073 0043, Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm; Weekends: 10am – 2pm. For more information visit www.knowsleynews.co.uk/community-hub