30th June 2021
“Providing hope for a better tomorrow”: Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector thanked by council bosses
Council bosses have thanked Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector for the work they have carried out to support residents of the borough during the pandemic.
Council Leader Rajbir Singh (pictured above) and Chief Executive David Stevens have written to voluntary organisations, community groups, tenants and residents groups, faith groups and housing associations, to express their sincere thanks for the sector’s efforts as the borough responded to the challenges presented by Covid-19.
They wrote: “You have come together along with the council, and our statutory partners, to deliver vitally needed services to our most vulnerable residents. Without your help, many would have gone without food, other essential supplies, advice, guidance and support.
“You have had to adapt quickly to new ways of working throughout the pandemic while continuing to provide a crucial service to those who need it most. We recognise the increased pressure that the pandemic has brought to your organisation and we are incredibly grateful for the unwavering commitment from everyone involved.”
The Leader and the Chief Executive stated: “When we reflect back on the last 18 months, I hope that we do so thinking about the fantastic community spirit we have in Sandwell and the selfless efforts of many individuals, groups and organisations to support those who needed it most. We have so much to be proud of, and so much to build on.”
They affirmed the council would continue to do all it can to support its residents and the voluntary and community sector, and acknowledged that these organisations had: “made a real difference to those in need while providing hope for a better tomorrow.”
Sandwell has a very broad range of voluntary and community organisations, and Sandwell Council’s Voluntary Sector Support budget provides funding for over 40 voluntary organisations which deliver a range of services that meet local priorities.