Rachael Maskell MP, and Shadow Minister for the Voluntary and Community Sector, in celebrating Volunteers Week 2020, says that community and voluntary organisations must play a more central role in shaping society as we emerge from this Covid-19 crisis.
Voluntary and community organisations have been at the heart of the Covid-19 response, reaching deep into our communities to meet the needs of residents. Whether the distribution of food or medicines, contacting people who are isolated or providing support to meet people’s needs, each year 20m people volunteer in their communities to help those around them.
Rachael Maskell MP, says, “I thank all those who give of their time, money and energy to support people across the city, and this week provides the opportunity to celebrate all the amazing things people do to provide support and services to people in our society. We value the actions of volunteers, but I want their knowledge and experience to be valued too.”
“I believe that voluntary and community organisations must be true partners in shaping our society. Volunteers have so much insight as to what the needs of York really is, and we need them to be at the heart of shaping service for the future, whether delivered by the local authority, the NHS or the police. There is a lot we can learn from voluntary and community organisations as to how we can build a more equitable and fair society where the needs of all can be met.”