Minister praises civil society groups following flooding

Today York welcomed Minister for Civil Society Minister Rob Wilson. He spoke to council staff involved in the floods and also toured round volunteers, including Fossy’s Flossys food hub, the York Community Furniture Store. He was given an insight into what civil society in York had done and where government had helped, with discussions about what could be done going forward and how to capitalise on the greater spirit of volunteering. 

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said:

“The response of civil society organisations and the wider public in York and Yorkshire to the recent flooding over the Christmas period has been incredible.

“I want to see more people taking part in social action and volunteering across the UK, which ultimately leads to stronger, more resilient and more empowered communities.

“Government is standing squarely behind the residents and businesses affected by these floods and our task is to do everything we can to help towns and communities recover from these devastating floods”.

Councillor Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council, said: “From faith groups to individuals, community organisations to private firms, people have volunteered their time, skills, energy and resources to support flood-affected residents and businesses. Together with the many organisations statutorily involved, they continue to make an extraordinary contribution and speak volumes of the spirit of this resourceful and resilient city. It is great that Rob has visited us for what for a very worthwhile visit for all.”