‘Fantastic’ West Sussex volunteers thanked for supporting public services

From Independent Visitors, Digital Ambassadors, to Community Volunteers and Rangers, residents dedicate their time across the county to make a difference in their communities.

And as part of Volunteer Week which begins on Wednesday June 1, West Sussex County Council thanks the more than 1,000 volunteers who support its public services every day.

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Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member, recognized the “fantastic contribution that volunteers make not only to our services, but also to the people with whom they interact in the course of their role”.

West Sussex County Council recognizes the immense contribution of volunteers to the public services it provides

Volunteers support council services in a variety of roles including independent visitors, young carer family service, fire rescue service, waste prevention, records office, justice service for youth, libraries, public rights of way, campaign, community volunteers, tree keepers and recently established digital ambassadors and local governance leaders.

This year’s annual survey found that more than 80 per cent of respondents felt they were very or extremely appreciated for the volunteer role they perform.

Some of the main reasons for volunteering were: to make a difference in their local community, to expand existing skills or learn new skills, to make new friends, to help the environment and to improve their mental well-being/physical health.

One wrote: “After spending 40 years in the office with limited practical skills, this has been a great opportunity to learn new things and contribute to the environment. The camaraderie with the rangers and other volunteers who together form a great team makes this day a real pleasure.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/volunteering or email [email protected]