Small gestures can have a big impact

We all need a helping hand once in a while, and we can all help others too. With a focus on the different ways in which we can support our friends, families, colleagues and communities, Warwickshire County Council are reminding people of the value of helping others in any way you can.

Volunteering Week runs from 1-8th June and is a great time to look into the various ways you can help your local community. This could include visiting an elderly neighbour or family member; to signing up to become a Dementia Friend and learning more about dementia and how you can support people in your local area; or volunteer through VASA and help transport people within your community to their medical appointments they may not otherwise be able to make.

Carers Week, running from 10-17 June, is an opportunity to find out more about the different services on offer in Warwickshire to help make carers’ lives easier. A carer is anyone who regularly provides unpaid help to someone who could not cope without them. Unfortunately, many people do not realise that they are carers, while others are unaware that there is support available for them. If you know someone caring for a loved one who would benefit from support, more information can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers

Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care & Health said:

“Looking out for our friends and neighbours is a great way to become more involved in the community and to help others.

“Helping other people can be anything from smiling and saying ‘hello’ to the people you meet, to caring for a loved one or neighbour, to volunteering for a local organisation. Any step you make to help others is felt throughout the community.

“Supporting and helping within your community not only impacts on those you are helping, but can also help to improve your wellbeing.”