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York Outer MP promotes volunteering week

Julian Sturdy

11:11am 31st May 2011

With Parliament in recess, Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, has decided to dedicate part of the upcoming week to volunteering in various charities across York.

With so many dedicated and selfless volunteers working in a variety of charities across the City, Mr Sturdy is keen to celebrate the voluntary sector and learn more about the difficulties that it faces at present.

The first stop on Tuesday will see Mr Sturdy volunteering with some of York’s young carers - a group that he has previously visited and hosted a parliamentary debate on behalf of. On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Sturdy will arrive at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks youth club in Strensall. The youth club holds regular activities during the school holidays and Mr Sturdy will be helping with a science workshop.

Moving to Wednesday, Mr Sturdy will be volunteering at the York Against Cancer charity shop in Huntington, and also at their shop at York Hospital.  Later that evening, Mr Sturdy will be helping out at the weekly youth club at Oaken Grove Community Centre.

Looking ahead to his volunteering experiences, Mr Sturdy said:-

“The vibrant, passionate and dedicated  voluntary sector across our great City should make all of York's residents extremely proud. Every single day countless volunteers give their time, money and energy towards helping the most vulnerable members of our society. Such selfless service should be celebrated and supported by all politicians - regardless of usual party affliction."

"This week I shall be volunteering alongside young carers, youth club organisers and the York Against Cancer Group. These remarkable organisations, like so many others in York, carry out  tremendous work in order to simply serve and support those most in need. With the pressures of modern-day life, and the wider economic situation, it is not always easy to be a volunteer in 2011."

"Nevertheless, it is vital that we encourage as many people as possible to contribute in any way they can. I truly  believe that the voluntary sector brings communities together, and particularly in difficult times it is imperative that we all stick together in order to preserve our treasured voluntary traditions."

"I hope to learn a lot this week as I work and talk with some of York's finest volunteers, and I intend to take my experiences back to Parliament next week to ensure that the voluntary sector's concerns are heard loud and clear in Westminster."

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