LOCAL charity Ilkley and District Good Neighbours said a big thank you last week to its many local volunteers with a special tea party at Christchurch.

It was just one of hundreds of events and celebrations that took place across the country as part of National Volunteers Week, which recognises the invaluable contribution the nation’s volunteers make to society. An estimated 12 million people across the UK work as formal volunteers each month, and there are now over 165, 00 organisations which rely completely on the good will of individual volunteers to help others in need.

Ilkley and District Good Neighbours has around 80 volunteers assisting older people through its various projects, which include Shop Assist, Befriending, Moving On, and Home and Garden help. The party was organised by Ilkley Good Neighbours and Ilkley Community Transport.

“The tea party was simply our way of thanking the people who give up their valuable time to help individuals in our area who are lonely or who need assistance in specific ways,” said chairman Judy Hutton. “It was also an opportunity for our volunteers to get together. It goes without saying that we are very grateful for all the good work they do.”

Ilkley and District Good Neighbours relies on sponsors and donations and is always interested in speaking with individuals who might spare a little time to assist as volunteers. The Shop Assist project is currently looking for volunteers who can spare an hour or two to help people who need a bit of help with their weekly shop.

For further information and to view volunteering opportunities visit www.goodneighboursilkley.org.uk Alternatively email info@goodneighboursilkley.org.uk or telephone 01943 603348.