Liverpool’s volunteers win…hands ‘up’

THEY come from all walks of life and give up thousands of hours each week to help others….

They provide vital support in many different areas of city life including culture, health and wellbeing, training and community development…

And their contribution to the Liverpool economy is worth a staggering £171m a year.

They are Liverpool’s army of volunteers and it’s fair to say that the city would be a much poorer place without them.

Now this legion of special men and women have been officially recognised by Liverpool City Council for their outstanding contribution to Liverpool life.

People like Dee Preston, who as chair of the Walton Village Residents’ Association, has dedicated her time to helping vulnerable and older members of the community by organising day trips, weekend holidays and cabaret events for them.

Or Richie Rooney who has run the Croxteth Amateur Boxing Club as a labour of love since 1984. The club welcomes up to 50 young people to its regular weekly session giving them a great way to build their confidence and let off a bit of steam – all free of charge.

As part of the recemnt International Volunteer Day celebrations, Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral Lead for the Community and Voluntary Community Sector, Cllr Irene Rainey organised the city’s own volunteer celebration event.

Entitled the Community Champions Afternoon Tea, the event saw some of the city’s volunteers acknowledged for their selfless efforts by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

Cllr Rainey said: “Volunteers play a priceless role in the life of our city. They are selfless community champions who give up their own time to help others and improve the quality of life for everyone. Our volunteers do all this purely out of the spirit of helping others, never once wanting praise or recognition for their efforts, but we think it’s time to say thank you.

“We asked ward councillor colleagues to nominate figures in their local community who really do go above and beyond to help others and they have been honoured at the event. Of course, everyone who volunteers in Liverpool deserves our gratitude and we would like to thank them all for the amazing work they do.”

Watch our video about the great work of Liverpool’s volunteers

Research carried out by Gerwyn Jones & Richard Meegan of Liverpool John Moores University on behalf of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS) attempts to calculate the net worth of volunteering to the city.

Their report – Measuring the size and scope of the voluntary and community sector in Liverpool – reveals that there are more than 10,000 volunteers in the city.

It is estimated that in total these volunteers commit 169,488 hours of their time each week, which is the equivalent of 4,520 full-time equivalent jobs.

The team has used this information to determine that the added value this brings to the Liverpool economy is worth £171.5m.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Volunteers make a significant contribution to Liverpool and they should be applauded for it. They are the lifeblood of our city and the glue that binds our communities together.

”Scousers are famous for standing shoulder-to-shoulder to support what is important, including the places where we live. These volunteers keep the community together in good times and bad and true to the spirt of Liverpool they are always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone in need. Which is why I am so proud to be able to thank them in person.”

  • To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Liverpool you can visit the LCVS Volunteer Hub website: lcvs.org.uk
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