Have a Community Day Bank Holiday; LETTERS.
We would like this four-month gap to be broken with a new Community Day Bank Holiday in late October.
Over the past two years the recession has hit communities across the UK. When times are tough people look to friends, families and their local community for support.
Community spirit is a long-standing and unsung British tradition. Millions of people across the UK volunteer and take part in community activities every week.
Surveys show that volunteering contributes significantly to the UK economy, boosts people's wellbeing, prevents isolation and makes them happy, too.
We believe these efforts should be recognised, encouraged and celebrated.
2012 marks the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics and Paralympics - events only possible thanks to volunteers. This would be the perfect year to introduce a new Community Day Bank Holiday. BRENDAN BARBER TUC General Secretary DAME ELISABETH HOODLESS Executive Director, Community Service Volunteers KEVIN CURLEY Chief Executive, National Association for Voluntary and Community Action JUSTIN DAVIS SMITH Chief Executive, Volunteering England STUART ETHERINGTON Chief Executive, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)