Having lived in Fleetwood his whole life, Liam Wilkinson was inspired to help members of his community who were affected by the pandemic, accomplishing 500 hours of volunteering in the process.
Former Cardinal Allen high school student, Liam, has played a large part in committing his time to helping others in Fleetwood and surrounding areas since England went into lockdown in March.
Fleetwood Together, which is made up of representatives from local groups working together to co-ordinate the town’s response to coronavirus, established the Fleetwood Food Bank soon after the country went into lockdown.
Volunteers were in short supply, but thankfully many organisations and businesses were able to help with donations, ranging from food to facilities.
Since the campaign launched in March at The Marine Hall in Fleetwood, 17-year-old Liam has been a significant figure in gathering food donations and has recently taken on further responsibilities planning the logistical routes for the delivery drivers.
He has now passed an extremely impressive milestone in completing over 500 voluntary hours since March 2020 and is continuing to support vulnerable people in Fleetwood throughout the summer holidays before returning to college.
Liam also regularly attend West View Community Association through their youth provision and has previously been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award delivered between West View and Fleetwood Town Community Trust.
Liam signed up for Fleetwood Town Community Trust’s NCS Keep Doing Good programme as he wanted to meet new people and develop new skills.
“I’ve had a great time on NCS this summer, and I’ve met some great people who I hope I can stay in touch with,” said Liam. “I really enjoyed the careers workshop, which has provided me with the skills and support to enable me to work towards my career goals.”
NCS Manager, John Hartley, said: “Liam has an unbelievable attitude and work ethic which he showcases daily supporting local residents. I’m pleased that NCS Keep Doing Good has been able to equip him with additional skills which will support his volunteering and future employment, in which I’m sure he will be a great success.”
If you would like any further information on volunteering opportunities or details about NCS, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.