Friday, 4 December 2009

Community volunteers honoured at thank you event

People who have given their time to help make their community a better place to live in will be honoured during a special ‘thank you’ event next week.

Voluntary groups from north east Leeds will join the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Andrew Barker, and members of the North East Inner Area Committee at a special evening held in the Banqueting Suite at Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday 10 December.

The event, being held between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, has been organised by the committee to thank people who give their time and goodwill in the Chapel Allerton, Moortown and Roundhay areas of the city.

This is the sixth year a ‘thank you’ event has been held to recognise the work of voluntary groups in the inner north east area of Leeds, where there are over 150 groups operating.

Many of these groups will be attending including Meanwood Valley Partnership, Moortown Community Group, Chapeltown Development Trust and Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Group. Entertainment on the night will be provided by the New World Steel Orchestra, who are based in Chapeltown.

There will also be a special presentation by Voluntary Action Leeds to launch the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering in inner north east Leeds, which will let volunteers and voluntary groups know how they can get involved in the activities that are planned.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Andrew Barker, said:“These people have made a real difference in their local communities, and they should be proud of the contribution they have made.

“What they do on a regular basis and what they have achieved is an example to us all and they thoroughly deserve this praise and recognition for their hard work.”

Councillor Matthew Lobley, chair of the Inner North East area committee, said:“Its really important that we let people know that we appreciate the voluntary work they do in our local communities, and this event is our way of saying thank you.

“Its also a great opportunity for the voluntary groups to meet each other and share their experiences and common interests.”

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