Last week I was out at the Pilton Equalities Project (PEP) to meet volunteers and learn about the services they offer.
Visiting the project I was struck by the sheer scale of the operation. PEP support around 90 projects delivering a wide range of different services to around 900 clients.
These services range from homecare and befriending services to things like community transport and learning opportunities.
The volunteers I met at Pilton, and those at similar projects across the country, deserve tremendous credit for the time and effort they put into helping improve the lives of vulnerable people in our communities.
The services that they provide are making a real difference to people’s lives. The work of volunteers can often go unrecognised but we should not ignore the benefit that they bring to our communities through their commitment.