In this week’s Community, we acknowledge our debt to the volunteers and carers in our region and thank them wholeheartedly for all that they do. Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for local authorities, charities, voluntary groups, and volunteers to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering makes.
Due to the Covid pandemic, this has obviously been an exceptionally difficult year but people of all ages and from all walks of life have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to communities. They are an inspiration, working at the heart of our communities, assisting so many people.
So, thank you to all of our volunteers across our region for making our communities better places to live and showing that community spirit is to the fore in Dumfries and Galloway.
Next week is Carers’ Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face, and acknowledge the contribution that carers make to families and communities.
This year, carers across the country have faced new challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities, looking after a family member or a friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or needs extra help as they grow older.
The impact of caring on all aspects of life, from relationships and health to finances and work, can be significant.
Our carers need to be appreciated for the difficulties they’re experiencing, respected for all they’re doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.
So, a sincere thank you to all of our carers.