The last year has seen inspiring acts of kindness, generosity and compassion across our communities. In the most challenging of times, we have seen so many people step up and volunteer to support others with shopping, collecting medication and even just keeping in touch.
It is heart warming to still see this level of care and compassion in our communities, with individuals continuing their volunteering efforts and even taking on new roles. This week is Volunteers Week so I want to again thank all volunteers across our corner of the country for all that they do to help our communities thrive.
I also want to take this opportunity to recognise Flintshire Local Voluntary Council (FLVC) for their role and all of their hard work in supporting volunteers, providing them with support and advice, and helping community groups and organisations to find and manage volunteers effectively. If you’re considering volunteering or want to find volunteers then I would definitely encourage speaking to FLVC on 01352 744000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Clean Cymru also continues this week and I will be playing my part by getting out in the local community for a litter pick. It is extremely disappointing to see the levels of litter and waste in our communities, but I am grateful to Keep Wales Tidy and local community groups like Plastic Reduction Mold, who do their best to keep our areas tidy.
There is still time for Leader readers to get involved in Spring Clean Cymru and help cover 1 million miles over the fortnight, but also to help in your local community over a longer period. We have lots of great local projects which are all playing their part in supporting the environment, from individual litter picks to initiatives like the “Naked Takeaway”.
If there are litter or fly-tipping issues in your community which you want to help stop, then please get in touch and I will take this up.
At the end of this week, the First Minister will again outline the current circumstances in Wales around coronavirus and the next steps from the Welsh Government. This will likely include an update on the successes of the vaccination and Test, Trace and Protect programmes.
Wales is currently the top nation in the world in terms of the percentage of the population who have received their first dose of the vaccine, and almost 40% of the population have now received their second vaccine. Again this is down to the efforts of NHS staff, volunteers and army personnel, who are delivering this world leading programme. The First Minister’s update will also include any proposed easing of restrictions which may take place.
As always I will share any updates on my Facebook page – Hannah Blythyn MS – and if any residents have any questions then please contact me on 01352 762102 or at Hannah.Blythyn@senedd.wales