Merry Christmas From Tees Valley Rural Action

Wishing you a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For the last 18 months or so we have all been living and operating in circumstances which, to say the least, have been extremely challenging.  Sadly as we head into the festive season and spending time with our family and loved ones we are still very much uncertain as to what further challenges we will have to contend with in the New Year.

Throughout this time we have worked with a lot of communities and we are humbled by what resilience really means in the rural communities of the Tees Valley.  We could never be more proud of how our rural communities have stepped up to reach out to others when times are difficult.

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who have come forward in these challenging times who have provided their time free of charge to support, look after their neighbours and those who are alone.  We salute each and everyone of you and thank you.

In the words of a familiar saying, “we’re not out of the woods yet” and Covid is here for longer than anyone would want it to be.  It will continue to be tough for volunteers in working to keep their community venues open and running so that communities can still benefit from much needed social activities at this special time of year.  Despite these difficulties and because our rural communities are resilient, we know that they will keep on going and giving whenever and wherever they possibly can.

The pandemic has been a long haul for everyone involved, but sympathy, support and solidarity between volunteers, our small team here at TVRA and the organisations to which we’re all connected to has been given in abundance.  Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough!

Our busy team at TVRA will be closing our ‘virtual’ offices from Friday 17th December and will reopen on 10th January 2022 refreshed and ready to begin another busy year.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas.  Do stay safe and here’s to looking forward to a much better year in 2022 where we can build on all the brilliant work which volunteers and communities have done through these unprecedented and challenging times.

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