At the Jubilee Hour launch event at Somerset House last night (29 May 2012), Mr Pickles made his pledge as part of the biggest mobilisation of volunteer effort since World War 2. Jubilee Hour calls on people across the UK to donate 60 minutes of their time to help their local community, to honour the Queen’s 60 years of service.
Mr Pickles said:
“I am going to go back to my roots and will be giving at least an hour to 1 of my local charity shops.
“The Jubilee Hour will see people and organisations across the country doing hands-on work in their communities and supporting charities important to them.
“Spending 60 minutes to inspire community spirit and to highlight voluntary work is the perfect way to mark Her Majesty’s 60 years of service. I would encourage everyone to get involved, as individuals, with clubs and societies, through faith groups or their workplace.”
Individuals, organisations and businesses are encouraged to volunteer their time to take part in civic, charitable or local community activities.
Participants can volunteer individually or as part of a company, organisation or school to help the community through a simple act of good will - from picking up litter in a park to organising an event at a care home.
The Jubilee Hour founder John O’Brien, said:
“I’m delighted to have the support of the Communities Secretary. It is fantastic that after just 1 week we’ve already had over 1 million pledges to The Jubilee Hour. This initiative acknowledges the example set by Her Majesty over the last 60 years in giving service to the country, and I hope it as reminds us of our sense of service and the significance of collaborative action.”
More information can be found on the Jubilee Hour website.