This week is national volunteers’ week 2019, a week to recognise and say thank you to the huge contribution volunteers make across sectors in society.

Since 2013 Jon Cruddas MP has run a volunteer network which is now made up of over 600 local residents acting as an early warning system for issues and concerns across Dagenham and Rainham. Jon launched the network with the notion of having a volunteer on every street. 

Initially Jon’s volunteers helped with community focus surveys and delivering newsletters but now Jon has an active base in his constituency office that help with the day to day running of things. Dagenham and Rainham is an incredibly busy constituency office with more than 1000 emails, over 200 calls, and many letters coming in each week. Volunteers are a crucial part of Jon’s team helping the office run smoothly so that caseworkers can process and deal with cases quickly.

Jon said: “I don’t know where my office would be without our fantastic and dedicated team of volunteers. We have some real stars that support my staff with casework and campaigns. National Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to recognise the contribution volunteers make across the country, and I would like to say thank you to all of the residents in my volunteer network, especially the ones that help every week in the office.”

If you would like to be added to Jon’s volunteer network to help in the future, please email andrew.achilleos@parliament.uk - make sure you provide your full name, address and contact details.

If you would like to see what other opportunities there are you can have a look at the national volunteers’ week website here: https://volunteersweek.org/