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We have many reasons to be grateful to volunteers and particularly during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Every day, thousands of local people make a difference through voluntary organisations and volunteering, their support and help is really valued.

There are many reasons why volunteering is important, as well as helping others and for the benefit of society, it has also been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing. Doing a good deed and helping those who need it makes us feel really worthy. It also helps volunteers gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boosts confidence.

Volunteering week is an annual event from 1-7th June, this year it is all about saying thank you to the millions of volunteers that have helped us through this pandemic. Locally we will be posting videos and thank you messages from recipients of volunteers and volunteers themselves. For more information click here.

One of our GP practices; Bassett Road in Leighton Buzzard, wanted to say thank you to the volunteers who provided their scrubs and scrub bags, including hearts. Click here to see the film.

Community Voluntary Service (CVS) and voluntary organisations for Children, Young People and Families VOCypf working with the CVS, Community Action Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, Voluntary Works in Luton & Community Action MK, all run volunteer centre services in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. They work with individuals and organisations to promote and develop volunteering so people are inspired to volunteer, have the opportunity to do so, and have excellent volunteering experiences.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. The NCVO works to support the voluntary and community sector and to create an environment in which an independent civil society can flourish.

Community organisations providing Coronavirus support

Each area has provided a list of organisations that have been offering assistance during the pandemic. There is a separate list for each of the unitary authority areas.

The lists describe what support each organisation offers and, where there are restrictions, the places and the types of people that can ask for support. For more information please click here.

For information on Bedfordshire Borough Council Volunteering opportunities click here.

For information on Central Bedfordshire Council Volunteering opportunities click here.

For information on Luton Council Volunteering opportunities click here.

For information on Milton Keynes Council Volunteering opportunities click here.


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