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Volunteers' Week 2021
Irish in Britain presents a series of short videos featuring volunteers and the people they support in the community to mark Volunteers' Week 2021.
It has been a year like no other and we want to celebrate the extraordinary contribution that volunteers across Britain have given to our community during these most difficult of times.
Each video is from a community member of Irish in Britain.
Adrian O'Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, launches the series with a powerful introduction talking about what volunteering means within the Irish community.
Luton Irish Forum talk about their active and inspiring volunteers, who run a befriending service and deliver meals.
Off to the East Midlands with Leicester's Emerald Centre. Mary thanks the people who've visited her every week during lockdown, and Sarah says how much she enjoys helping both young and older generations.
Welcome to the Irish Cultural Centre London! Watch and listen to Kathy, Jude and Dympna talk about what volunteering means to them.
John Giltenan of the Council of Irish County Associations pays tribute to the 'wonderful work' of the volunteers who support CICA in its important fundraising, culture and community work.
Inspiring stuff from Irish Community Services about their volunteers. Sylvia and Mary tell us how rewarding giving up their time is, while Pat and Anne say how magnificent their volunteers have been this year.
A medley of Leeds Irish Health and Homes volunteers in this video. It's really clear in these clips how beneficial volunteering is not just to those who are given support, but to the volunteers themselves. Take a look.
Thanks to West London Irish Society for the Volunteers' Week clip above about their work in the community and providing meals and emotional support during lockdown.