Volunteers: The county’s secret army

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This week is Volunteers’ Week, when we’re encouraged to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of people across the county who regularly give their time and skills to help others.

Here at Age UK Northumberland, we simply couldn’t run our day services, lunch clubs, exercise classes, befriending schemes, minibus service, information line and welfare and benefits advice service, among many others, without the help of more than 300 vital and valued volunteers.

At a time when funding for such services is becoming increasingly hard to find, the 45,000 hours each year and the wealth of skills that our volunteers bring make a real difference.

So, a big thank-you to everyone in Northumberland who has a volunteering role, and particularly our Age UK Northumberland volunteers – we really appreciate everything you do to support older people in local communities.

Finally, can I ask your readers to think about what they might be able to offer a charity or voluntary organisation in terms of their time or skills.

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a volunteer, there couldn’t be a better week to give it a go.

Carolyn Reynolds,

Age UK Northumberland