FAREHAM MP Suella Fernandes discussed the challenges and opportunities of voluntary work when she met organisations in her constituency.
Speaking at a meeting of Community Action Fareham, she told of her support for volunteering, and the importance of public bodies properly engaging with the sector.
Representatives of many Fareham organisations and charities attended the event, along with headteachers, NHS staff and council officials.
Issues raised included social care provision, supporting vulnerable adults, and the challenges of engaging with isolated and disengaged people in the community.
Miss Fernandes said: ‘Volunteers are the backbone of the local community, and play a hugely important role in providing vital services.
‘The best solutions to local problems are often found by the social sector, not the state.
‘Charities and social enterprise, mutual and co-operatives have the flexibility and deep knowledge of their subject that can make a real difference.
‘The voluntary sector faces a lot of problems.
‘It’s always good to share these concerns, so I’m very grateful to Community Action Fareham for inviting me to talk to them, and to all the organisations who attended.’