Volunteers' WeekVolunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-12 June 2016.
Volunteers' Week: The Big CelebrationOver 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.
These 21 million people are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support. We believe such a big contribution is worth a big celebration!
More time to celebrateThis year there are an additional five days enabling more people than ever to take part and more time to celebrate.
The end of Volunteers’ Week will also coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June, a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Communities across the UK will be encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event. Why not consider including a street party to bring those together in your community.
We’re hoping to see a vibrant mix of activities and celebrations across Volunteers’ Week and replicating the celebration on the mall to demonstrate how communities can come together to celebrate those volunteers who give up their time in the service of others.
More time to get involvedThe week will also be a chance to inspire others to get involved. This year organisations are being encouraged to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities available. There’s huge choice out there but sometimes people aren’t aware of them or they have a particular perception of what volunteering is about.
You can also use your events to create opportunities for people to give volunteering a try. Event volunteering can be a really great, short-term, flexible way to give people a taste of the volunteering experience.
People are increasingly looking for flexible volunteering that they can fit in around work or other commitments and your Volunteers’ Week ‘Big Celebration’ may just be the thing to attract them. Your event can also be a focal point to get people in your community using their skills, time and talents to help others.