In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share,
as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
(from the Queen’s message 2001)
“I believe that strong and open communities matter both in good times as well as bad. Certainly they provide a way of helping one another. I would like to pay tribute to so many of you who work selflessly for others in your neighbourhood needing care and support.
Communities also give us an important sense of belonging, which is a compelling need in all of us. We all enjoy moments of great happiness and suffer times of profound sadness; the happiness is heightened, the sadness softened when it is shared.
But there is more than that. A sense of belonging to a group, which has in common the same desire for a fair and ordered society, helps to overcome differences and misunderstanding by reducing prejudice, ignorance and fear.
I hope that … we shall be able to find ways of strengthening our own communities as a sure support and comfort to us all – whatever may lie ahead.”