Published:  07:30 PM, 04 June 2021

Giving thanks to our volunteers supporting the borough through tough times

Giving thanks to our volunteers supporting the borough through tough times

The on-going commitment and hard workof thousands of volunteers across Tower Hamlets is being recognised andcelebrated as part of National Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.

The theme of the week (now in its 37th year)is ‘a time to say thanks’ in recognition of the huge role that volunteers haveplayed in their communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020 more than 3100residents have answered the call and signed up to the Tower Hamlets Covid-19Volunteer Hub (www.vcth.org.uk) which is providing a cruciallifeline to many, including vulnerable and isolated residents.

Commissioned by the council and managedby Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH), residents have volunteered in over100 local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations, across thecouncil and the NHS.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamletssaid: “I’m proud of theway in which our fantastic volunteers, local organisations and the wholecommunity have responded to the impact of the pandemic. Our residents havealways been our greatest asset, and the genuine East End sense of communityspirit and looking after our neighbours during tough times has rarely been soevident as in the past year.
“I’m delighted to be able to say thanks for all the tremendous volunteeringwork so far, much of which I’ve been privileged to see for myself, and I knowthat support will continue in the weeks and months ahead.”
Councillor Candida Ronald, Cabinet Member for Resources and the VoluntarySector said: “We are fortunate to have a large and active voluntary andcommunity sector in Tower Hamlets. It has really demonstrated the value it addsin supporting our whole community and ensuring our most vulnerable residentsand families were not left behind.

“It’s been awe-inspiring to see so manyresidents give up their time and share their skills for the benefit of others.Many of them will value the positive impact volunteering can have on their ownlives, and how they’re helping the borough to recover.”