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AVOW Celebrates Volunteers with Volunteer's Week

AVOW Celebrates Volunteers with Volunteer's Week

The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW)'s Volunteer Centre launched a digital campaign for Volunteers' Week from 1st – 7th June 2021.

Celebrations have been taking place across the whole of Wales and UK this week to celebrate the role of volunteers in our communities.

The public led, digital campaign gives thanks to a large variety of organisations and volunteers who continue to dedicate their time in our communities. Nominees were submitted throughout may for the AVOW Volunteer Awards 2021. AVOW has held an online celebration event to recognise a range of volunteers who have been awarded with certificates in recognition of their contribution.

Volunteers' Week 2021 takes on two special meanings this year. Firstly, to thank the organisations and volunteers who have gone above and beyond during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the past year there have been many challenges for organisation moving swiftly in many instances to online activities and many 100's of people responding to local need. AVOW itself have recruited nearly 1000 volunteers over the pandemic, fulfilling a variety of roles in the community including: shoppers, pharmacy pick up, dog walkers, befriending services. In addition, 1000's of people at street level volunteered as 'good neighbours' to help those around them.

Our second dedication goes to late Chairman and Trustee of AVOW, John Leece-Jones who sadly passed away earlier this week. A tribute to John was given by John Gallanders, Chief Officer AVOW who acknowledge many of the different roles that John Leece has held in Wrexham including: Governor of Coleg Cambria, Chair and Governor of Rofft CP and Tanyfron C.P., Paes-y-Pant and Wrexham League of Friends. John also previously had roles with Wrexham CAB, Gresford memorial Hall, Gresford Community Council and Non-Executive Director of North East Wales Health Trust.

Notes to Editors:

AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) is the County Voluntary Council (CVC) for Wrexham County Borough. There is a network of 19 similar organisations covering the whole of Wales and between us and our National body WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) we provide support and advice to Voluntary and Community groups.

AVOW consists of: Community Development Department; NE Wales Wellbeing Team; The Volunteer Centre; Business Support, The Play Team, Shopmobility, and Little Sunflowers Childcare.

AVOW is the organisation that connects voluntary and community organisations and activities in Wrexham. Taking the lead in promoting citizenship, volunteering and social enterprise AVOW brings together advice, information, financial and community development support services for charities and community groups. Our extensive networks enable us to consult and champion the sector and citizens locally, regionally and nationally. Whilst our extensive knowledge and expertise ensures that AVOW is well placed to sign post individuals to appropriate sources of support and to deliver high quality services to carers, citizens with particular needs and those seeking employment.

For more details please visit www.avow.org

AVOW Press Contacts: Victoria Milner; John Gallanders

E: victoria.milner@avow.org

john.gallanders@avow.org

T: 01978 312556

Posted: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 18:32 by Helen Belton

Tags: AVOW, Volunteers