Lord Mayor holds reception to thank Our Plymouth volunteers

Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Fox holds a reception to thank Our Plymouth volunteers and partners.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Fox holds a reception to thank Our Plymouth volunteers and partners.

Volunteers in Plymouth have been thanked for their contribution at a special reception.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Fox, held the reception at his residence at Elliot Terrace to thank the growing army of volunteers working as part of the Our Plymouth project. Around 20 people attended the reception.

Plymouth City Council was selected by the Cabinet Office and Nesta as one of only seven cities in the UK to take part in the Cities of Service volunteer scheme, and Our Plymouth is the name of the local project.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Fox, said: “I was very pleased to welcome the Our Plymouth volunteers to Elliot Terrace to say thank you on behalf of the city.”

Darin Halifax, Cities of Service Chief Officer for Plymouth said: “This was a great opportunity to thank all our volunteers and partners for all the hard work they have put in so far. Since we launched Our Plymouth in October 2014, the project has gone from strength to strength and we now have 87 volunteers.”

The two main local volunteer projects under Our Plymouth are Grow, Share Cook and Energy Champions. Grow, Share, Cook sees the mobilisation of volunteers to grow more fresh fruit and vegetables, the development of community gardens and the distribution of the food to those in need, while the Energy Champions project promotes energy efficiency across the city.

Our Plymouth partners include Tamar Grow Local, Food Is Fun, Plymouth Energy Community, Plymouth University and Plymouth Community Homes.

To find out more about Our Plymouth, contact Darin Halifax on 01752 305446 or email darin.halifax@plymouth.org.uk

The Our Plymouth website can be accessed at www.ourplymouth.co.uk

You can also follow Our Plymouth on twitter at @ourplymouth