This week is Volunteers’ Week and across Milton Keynes we’ve seen huge efforts from our communities’ unsung heroes to help alleviate problems caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. The local Conservatives have been active in their voluntary work and have been contributing to their communities through litter-picks, grocery shopping for the vulnerable, Foodbank Xtra volunteering and helping to feed our key workers in the Thames Valley Police, Urgent Care unit and A&E with free nutritious cooked meal deliveries.
Over 20 million people in the UK volunteer for different causes every year and this year, with the Covid-19 outbreak, the efforts from volunteering are being recognised even more as people look for ways to support their communities through this crisis.
Locally, community champions such as Maneesh Verma, has been working with residents who are shielding by doing their grocery shopping and delivering prescriptions. He also linked up with the local voluntary organisation, Sri Siddhi Vinayak Mandir to make and deliver nutritious meals to our key workers.
Conservative Councillors have also been active in volunteering for their communities during these challenging times with Cllr James Lancaster and his Premier Inn team organising large donations to the Foodbank Xtra project and others such as Cllr Saleena Raja, Cllr Keith McLean, Cllr Peter Geary and Cllr George Bowyer all actively involved in organising donation drives and volunteering for the Foodbank Xtra project.
And with the summer weather coming to Milton Keynes in the last few weeks, we’ve unfortunately seen a rise in litter inflicting our green spaces. Cllr Amanda Marlow and Cllr Dan Gilbert have been around Loughton targeting litter hot-spots such as Millenium Meadow to ensure residents can walk around without being blighted with plastic bags and mess.
Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Alex Walker, said:
“Volunteers’ week is a time for us to celebrate and recognise the power of volunteering and the fantastic effect it has on local communities.
During these challenging times, our local activists, Councillors and MPs have been using their time to help vulnerable residents, key workers and the environment.
I want to thank every volunteer for sacrificing their time to help others, your efforts do not go unnoticed.”