Lancashire Volunteer Partnership welcomed volunteers from across the county to an afternoon tea event this week to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2018 and to thank volunteers for their contribution to communities across Lancashire. Over 70 volunteers from across Lancashire attended and enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea. The event was opened by Chief Inspector Ian Sewart with Radio Lancashire broadcasting live from the event. They interviewed volunteers and staff to illustrate the various roles available across the Public Services and presenter John Gilmore spoke to Mr Clive Grunshaw, Police Crime Commissioner. Mr Grunshaw said “Here today it is wonderful to see so many volunteers from across the public service spectrum all joining together to help vulnerable people and do good in our communities.”

Volunteers were introduced by Julie Sumner, County Volunteer Service Manager. All volunteers received a certificate of appreciation presented by Chairman of Lancashire County Council Anne Cheetham and Mr Johnathan Martin, Assistant Chief Officer of Lancashire Constabulary. Mr Martin highlighted the importance of supporting isolated and vulnerable people “Like other public service organisations we already had a strong history of supporting volunteering in public service but wanted to ensure that we continued to recognise and support the enormous contribution volunteers made to keeping people safe and reducing vulnerability.”

The afternoon was filled with speeches, presentations, a quiz and of course sandwiches and cakes. It was an enjoyable afternoon and positive feedback received from volunteers has proved what a superb event it was. Thank you to all volunteers’ who attended and shared the event with us.