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Year of the Volunteer hailed a huge success

Sefton’s incredible Year Of The Volunteer campaign has seen volunteers give over 118 thousand hours of their time to helping improve the borough – an impressive increase of 12% over the last twelve months.

As part of the local authority’s 2018 Year Of The Volunteer campaign, the Mayor’s Office and Volunteering Sefton recorded an official 118,689 thousand hours of volunteer’s time being given throughout the borough.

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It shows an inspiring 12% rise in community volunteering compared to the same period in 2017.

However the final figure is believed to be even higher, with many informal volunteers hours being untracked.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since I had the honour of launching the Year of the Volunteer as we set about celebrating the impact volunteers make in our communities.

“While celebrating 2017 – the Year of Sefton’s Coast – what became very apparent during a busy 12 months was the impact volunteers make in our communities.

“That inspired us to celebrate those volunteers who really make a difference in and around our wonderful borough.

“They touch people’s lives in so many positive ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community development, and actively helping to keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

“The figures speak for themselves and we cannot thank our incredible communities enough for giving 118,689 volunteering hours toward helping improve our communities and the areas in which we live.

“This is a truly remarkable figure and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved, as we as a borough celebrated the vital work that volunteers do and encouraged hundreds of other people to get involved as well.

“We are eternally grateful to everyone who embraced this wonderful Year.”

Following the culmination of the Year of the Volunteer, Sefton Council can reveal that 2019 has been officially dedicated as the Year of Friendship

More details on the Year of the Friendship will be revealed in due course.