Volunteers week takes place between 1st and 7th June every year and is a chance to say thank you to all of the volunteers across the country for their contributions, hard work and dedication.
Volunteers Week has been running since 1984 when it was set up by Volunteering England and is now a nationwide campaign.
NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) defines volunteering as “any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives”.
In 2017/18, 20.1 million people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year, with 11.8 million people doing so at least once a month, a variety of different reasons lying behind this choice. For some, volunteering provides a sense of being part of a team, helps to boost confidence and gives an opportunity to put forward ideas. Others may choose to volunteer to try something new and will use volunteering as a new career path. Volunteering can make a real difference to many people and businesses and is open to anyone – even you!
Volunteers Week is filled with fun and inclusive events. Local school fairs, coffee mornings, cake-a-thon’s, appreciation afternoon tea’s, community walks and even BBQs (if the weather permits)! If you are running an event, shout about it by clicking here.
Social media is a great tool to use for advertising your events and for seeking volunteer opportunities. Use the hashtag #VolunteersWeek to see what everyone is up to and to find current volunteering opportunities across the country. If you have a friend, neighbour, family member or work colleague who is currently volunteering, use your social media to say a big thank you.
Other ways to thank a volunteer are:
- Appreciation / thank you notes
- Send a text message or give someone a call
- Send a gift
- Say thanks with a voucher
- Create and send a thank you postcard
- Organise a surprise thank you party
- Send a letter
- Create a volunteer hall of fame
To find out more on how to become a volunteer in an area local to you, simply click here.