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North Wales housing association recognised for contribution to volunteering efforts

North Wales housing association recognised for contribution to volunteering efforts during the pandemic

When police in North Wales put out a call for help during the early days of lockdown, housing association ClwydAlyn were quick to answer.

North Wales police needed special constables to help manage the different rules and regulations of lockdown measures as we all negotiated the Covid pandemic.

And ClwydAlyn quickly moved to free up time for staff to volunteer.

Development Project Manager Andy Fraser was able to dedicate 480 hours to police duty during 2020, having already been volunteering with North Wales police as a special constable since 2019.

In recognition of such outstanding commitment by a local employer, Special Superintendent Carol Williamson has awarded ClwydAlyn a certificate of appreciation for its commitment and support during the pandemic.

Andy, who has been with ClwydAlyn for over eight years, commented: “I’m proud to work for an organisation that wants to give so much back to the communities in which we work. ClwydAlyn has always supported my volunteer role as a special constable and when the call was made for extra help during the pandemic, I felt really strongly that I needed to do my bit to support where I could.

“ClwydAlyn had no hesitation in supporting me in performing these additional duties and allowing me the time needed, and it’s great that the organisation has been recognised for its commitment to supporting local partners and the community at a time of unprecedented challenge.”

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin praised Andy’s contribution and said: “I’m very grateful to Andy for showing that level of commitment and giving up so much of his own time to serve our communities.

“Thank you very much for all the great work you’ve put in. It’s really appreciated and deserves to be recognised especially during these difficult times.”

Clare Budden, Chief Executive of ClwydAlyn, added: “This is a wonderful recognition of Andy’s hard work and commitment to his volunteering role with North Wales Police during the pandemic. ClwydAlyn’s values are hope, trust and kindness and Andy has really demonstrated how we live by these as an organisation in giving up his time to provide support to local communities and partners when it was needed the most.

“We want all our staff to feel enabled to give back when they can and we also recognise the health and wellbeing benefits of volunteering as one of the five ways to wellbeing, which is why we are committed to supporting staff that want to give back in this way. We’re very grateful to North Wales Police for this recognition.”

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