Celebrate Volunteers Week 2020 in Kettering

Published: Monday, 1st June 2020

Kettering Voluntary Network and Kettering Borough Council celebrate Volunteers Week in honour of those who are keeping our communities safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Each year NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) runs an annual weeklong campaign, Volunteers’ Week, to celebrate the contribution that millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. This year, it commences from Monday 1st until Sunday 7th June.

The voluntary sector has been key to helping communities cope throughout the Borough of Kettering by collecting medical prescriptions, transporting items between foodbanks, tackling loneliness and much more.

Although planned events for Volunteers Week have been cancelled, virtual celebrations are set to continue, with KVN and KBC showing their appreciation for local efforts with a Thank You video, click here to watch from Kettering Voluntary Network’s Facebook page.

If you would like to volunteer for your community, you can find out more and sign up on the County Council’s website here, visit Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) or Community Reserve Volunteers - British Red Cross.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “This Volunteers Week, it is important to highlight the invaluable support that our volunteers have provided during these unprecedented times. From collecting prescriptions to providing company when it’s most needed, their services are a poignant reminder of our amazing community spirit, which has positively impacted our most vulnerable residents in Kettering. A heartfelt thank you to every organisation and individual who have helped so many.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: “It is fantastic to see that Kettering Voluntary Network and Kettering Borough Council have ensured that the virtual celebrations continue this Volunteers Week. Because of our local, charitable organisations and those individuals who have registered to help others, many of our vulnerable residents feel safe, reassured and more content during these difficult times. Thank you for all your tireless work!”

Notes to Editor below

In addition to the organisations who have been supporting the response to the pandemic, the Borough has seen many pop-up neighbourhood groups surface, which partners, Northants ACRE, are huge advocates of.

ACRE are very grateful for all of the hard work local grassroots groups have been doing to support their vulnerable neighbours and would like to offer the opportunity for groups to join their family of over 20 Good Neighbours Schemes across Northamptonshire. To find out more, and for a friendly and informal chat, email: Jennifer.hedges@northantsacre.org.uk or call: 07808 330549