Tonight was Penzance Town Council's meeting of electors, which is where various charities and voluntary groups come to explain the good works they have done in the community in the last year and indeed the challenges they face.
There was a wide variety of groups represented from Penzance Lions Club, to Friends of West Cornwall Hospital to Shelter to Penlee bowling club to the Cuxhaven twinning association and lots in between. These various groups and individuals do a wide variety of work in the community. It is indeed worth noting that these groups exist we might argue in some cases that the state should be doing these services but nevertheless it's heartening to know that people take times out of their lives to work for the good of others or the community itself. (Or in some cases animals as the Cornwall Animal Hospital who were tonight present). Sometimes it is easier to see the bad in society (especially if you read the Daily Mail) and overlook the good that happens.
A special mention to young mum Molly Blewett, who's in the process of organising a Soft Play Area in Penzance in conjunction with Pop Up Penzance temporarily and later apparently with St John's Church. Which from a personal point of view having two young kids would be fantastic and I know very welcome among the parents in Penzance.
There are a huge number of great organisations out there like the ones the council heard from tonight. If you can spare some time and expertise to volunteer. Organisations are always looking for help and contacting them directly or looking for opportunities on the Volunteer Cornwall website or through Penwith Community Development Trust in Penzance. Or of course you can just donate money or in the case of GOFA (Good Old Furniture Available) donate furniture and they even collect!