Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) are relaunching their Year of Volunteering campaign.
The campaign got underway at the start of 2020, aiming to increase the number of volunteering opportunities available across west Cheshire and focusing on a different theme each month.
With events and other face-to-face interactions planned as part of the campaign, it was put on hold because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the celebration of volunteers never stopped.
The Council and CWVA have worked together throughout COVID-19 to coordinate the community response in west Cheshire, with volunteers at the very heart of it.
As the situation continues to develop, the campaign is being officially relaunched and will be ran virtually, with themes reintroduced to highlight the work of volunteers in each of those areas.
The final month of the campaign will round off the celebrations, highlighting the important role volunteers have played both before and during COVID-19. There will be a number of different categories for people to nominate worthy volunteers for, with awards handed out virtually.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council, said: “Our Year of Volunteering campaign never truly went away as 2020 has highlighted just how important volunteers are in our communities.
“It now feels like the right time to relaunch the campaign with some structure and continue to celebrate the role volunteers are playing across west Cheshire.
“When we started the campaign, I don’t think we ever imagined the number of people who would find themselves volunteering this year, but many people joined our coordinated community response and do their bit for their communities.
“The community spirit shown across west Cheshire has simply been outstanding.”
Clare Harrison, Deputy Chief Executive of CWVA, added: “The work of our members over the last couple of months has been inspiring.
“Many of them have had to adapt and find new ways of working because of COVID-19, but they’ve still made sure people in our communities receive the support they need and deserve.
“We’d encourage as many charities and community groups – both old and new – to get involved with the campaign.
“It’s another fantastic opportunity for them to shout about the great work they’ve been doing and highlight how volunteers have supported their organisations.”
How you can get involved
The Council and CWVA will be sharing case studies and photos throughout the campaign to highlight some of the inspiring volunteering stories from across west Cheshire.
If you have a photo or story to share, you can get in touch with the team at CWVA: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also continue to spread the word about projects you’re involved with on the Council’s Inspire Cheshire West website.