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Opinion: Please get involved in Volunteer Week

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2018

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

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Some of you may know that it’s Havering Volunteer Week, a time when Havering and the wider community come together and give up their time to help others.

And what an opportunity to get to know your community it is!

Perhaps book your place with Havering Association for People with Disabilities for a spot of afternoon tea and meet other volunteers, or even contact the Volunteer Centre in Havering to find out how you could help.

I’ll be speaking at the Havering Volunteer Centre’s Bee Inspired Conference which will kick start Havering Volunteer Week, with a selection of keynote speakers. It aims to get more people stuck in with the Havering community.

I’m not shy of a little bit of volunteering.

In the past I’ve been out with the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Romford, distributing sleeping bags to the homeless and having a chat with them.

The pastor of the church, Pastor Afolabi, is also a stand-out volunteer in the Romford area, feeding the homeless every day and helping local people with special education needs.

She’s been beacon of light to many people in our community.

As well as local churches and religious organisations, this week is another opportunity to give a shout out to all of the governors of schools around our borough.

I know that many councillors, mums and dads as well as members of the public who want to get involved, work tirelessly to support their local schools to give the best education to our children.

Volunteering is so fundamental for a cohesive and happy society.

It builds up relationships between individual members of society and it sends the message that your community is there for you.

I’m very proud to be blowing the trumpet for all kinds of volunteers for Havering Volunteer

Week. Make sure you get involved!

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