Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. The week also raises awareness about the benefits becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.
As well as helping others, Volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer, assisting volunteers in gaining new skills and boosting self-esteem. There are many voluntary organisations in the UK that rely on volunteers to help others.
First established in 1984 by Volunteering England, the event is now coordinated by NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations). During the week stories about volunteering are shared on social media and hundreds of celebrations and events take place.
In 2018 the theme for Volunteers Week is “Volunteering for All” to celebrate the fact that volunteers can come from all communities and all walks of life, carrying out a diverse range of roles. The theme is also designed to help organisations think about how they can successfully open up volunteering opportunities to all and increase diversity in their volunteer base and trustees.
Further information about Volunteers Week and information about becoming a volunteer can be found at www.volunteersweek.org