A PICNIC to celebrate the dedicated work of Malvern volunteers was held in Priory Park.
Hill conservationists, clothing exchanges and Girl Guides were among the voluntary groups whose achievements and hard work were recognised. Music from jazz band Groove Front accompanied the food and fun activities.
Coun David Chambers, who is responsible for community leadership and engagement on Malvern Hills District Council, said there was a desire in the community to celebrate national volunteers week and to show appreciation for all of their hard work.
Between 2014 and 2015 more than 2,400 hours of time was donated by the Malvern volunteers.
The picnic also provided residents the opportunity to sign-up for voluntary work.
Natasha Rae-Dean is from ARCOS, a speech rehabilitation charity which helps people with language therapy after they suffer a stroke. She said she found the work both inspiring and important. “I am grateful to have been a part of it,” she added.
Stuart Cumella helps elderly people living in rural areas by using skills he gained as a social worker before he retired.
Mr Cumella said: “There is a real issue of a growing elderly population requiring support. A local presence can provide a point of contact for those needing help.”
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