THE importance of volunteers has been emphasised by Ludlow MP Philip Dunne.

It was a visit to the Regal in Tenbury that reinforced for the MP the role that volunteers can play.

“The Regal has been a key feature of local life since the 1930’s,” said Mr Dunne.

“Thanks to the brilliant efforts of its almost 100 volunteers, the Regal will continue to be the cultural hub for people in Tenbury and the surrounding area, including Burford and parts of south Shropshire.

“Volunteering plays a vital role in many services and charities across south Shropshire, and with the summer holidays well underway, I know many young people will be volunteering their time.”

He cites the National Citizens Service as an example of how young people can be encouraged to come together to help others.

The National Citizen Service is open to all young people aged 15-17 years and is a way of helping young people find engaging opportunities to build skills and give back to the community, while having fun at the same time.

So far, the scheme has delivered more than 12.5 million hours of volunteering, while also giving young people new skills in resilience, leadership, teamwork and communication.

“NCS volunteers are active in Shropshire this summer,” added Mr Dunne.

“Latest statistics show across the UK more than one in five people volunteer at least once a month for a group, club or organisation, which transforms our communities. Last week I also joined the League of Friends of Ludlow Community Hospital for their AGM, where we heard of the difference being made by many volunteers to local healthcare.