West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower and consort Simon Bower recording a message with Vision Link, one of the many charities in West Norfolk where teams of volunteers make a difference to community life. The talking newspaper provides vital audio local news for people who are blind or visually impaired.

People have been asked to show their love for West Norfolk by volunteering to help some of the many organisations and charities.

According to Community Action Norfolk, a partner in the recently-launched #lovewestnorfolk campaign, there are more than 1,000 voluntary and community sector organisations based in the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group’s area and around 600 are registered charities.

Jo Maule, Community Action Norfolk’s locality manager, said: “West Norfolk is blessed with hundreds of homegrown voluntary organisations which do amazing things to show their love for West Norfolk.

“Every person who volunteers in our community helps make sure it is a great place to live for as many people as possible.

“To these local heroes we want to say a huge thank you. Through this fantastic campaign we would also love to see more local people pledge to show their love for West Norfolk through volunteering, however much time they are able to spare.

“Volunteering is hugely beneficial – both to the charity which is able  to access the skills and knowledge and support which the individual is providing, and to the volunteer who can learn new skills, meet new people and really feel they are making a difference in their community.”

Love West Norfolk is a major campaign launched to celebrate everything good about the area.

Key community and business leaders are behind the initiative, aimed at building pride and aspiration in the area.

Schools and other businesses have been encouraged to get involved in the campaign and residents have been asked to share what they love about the area. Get involved online at www.lovewestnorfolk.co.uk

See www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/volunteering/  for volunteering information.