Volunteering is integral to cooperative working

Telford & Wrekin Council is celebrating Co-operative Fortnight, looking at the ways that working cooperatively with partners helps to ensure the best services for the local community.

As a Co-operative Council, the Council works closely with residents, staff, partners and other organisations to deliver the best it can for the borough by involving local people in the services they use and responding to the issues that affect their lives.

Volunteers play a huge part in the way that the Council can continue to offer some services and support its residents.

This has never been truer than during the coronavirus pandemic. By finding new ways to work cooperatively, including creating an army of volunteers, the Council has seen tremendous solidarity, with everyone working together to support one another when they need it most.

It’s not just the Council that knows that cooperative working makes sense, within days of asking for help, the Council had more than 1,000 local people volunteer to help those in their community. This volunteer army has helped to deliver food and medicines, make keeping in touch calls and so much more.

Co-operatives UK wants to harness this positive behaviour to change society for the better as we rebuild, that’s why they’re encouraging everyone to #KeepCooperating.

Cllr Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for communities, said:

"It’s been a difficult few months for our borough and the country but by working with our residents and communities, we have tried to do everything can to ensure that everyone has had the help they have needed.

"We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our volunteers who have helped us to help others at a very uncertain time.

"We know that cooperative working works, as it has been proved time and again over the past 13 weeks and before then too. For many years, we have been working with and supporting volunteers in our borough. They are amazing and a lot of the good happening in our borough wouldn’t happen without them.

"With Government restrictions being lifted, we are definitely seeing a drop in the number of people asking us for help. Many volunteers who stepped forward to help are also returning to work. Things will continue to change over the coming months, and we are reviewing how best we can work with others to continue to support our more vulnerable residents. It is still all about co-operative working.”

Date: 01 July 2020 | Source: Telford Council