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Events up and down the country will be a chance to celebrate local heroes

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick is backing Thank You Day to shine a light on the unsung heroes who have served local communities during the pandemic.

Across the UK, people will be gathering to show their gratitude by hosting COVID safe BBQs, picnics, street parties and certificate ceremonies in honour of those who have selflessly given their time to help those in need.

The Communities Secretary is calling on people to fill the airwaves by sharing their thanks and tributes on local radio and social media.

Unsung heroes include people such as Tabitha Resta. Tabitha is a rough sleeper co-ordinator in Bedford. She worked with the local public health team to ensure that people experiencing homelessness could register with a GP and could also access vaccinations.

She also co-ordinated health care into the hotel housing people experiencing homelessness.

Examples of the work carried out by unsung heroes include:

  • Faith leaders who embraced technology to ensure communities could celebrate religious festivals online and opened up places of worship as vaccination centres
  • The many volunteers who delivered food parcels and those who were always there at the other end of the phone or on the doorstep to smile, listen and talk so people did not feel alone
  • Volunteers and charities who worked to get rough sleepers off the streets and provided lifesaving support for those fleeing domestic abuse
  • Council staff, social workers and refuse collectors who kept vital services going during the most challenging times

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

“This past year has been challenging for us all. But in the darkest of times, when people were most in need, the actions of our friends and neighbours to support our communities have shone the brightest.

“Across all faiths, ages, backgrounds and languages, our communities have shown off the best of this country.
You are all our community heroes and on behalf of government I want to say thank you.”

Thank You Day on Sunday 4 July is a community initiative with events and activity held across the country as a way of thanking each other and of building on the community spirit that so many felt during lockdown.

The day is being marked by faith communities. For example, Imams will be including Thank You Day in their sermons, reminding the importance of all communities coming together to continue to help and support each other.

Churches up and down the country will be thanking their congregations and volunteers for helping get through the year. Jewish and Muslim women are organising picnics together around the country.

Members of the public are being encouraged to mark the day in numerous ways from picnics to BBQs and street parties while sticking to COVID guidelines.