Volunteers have played a major part in keeping community spirit and services going throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, so this year’s week marks the perfect time to say thank you. Community First Yorkshire will be sharing volunteering stories throughout the week on social media and encourage local charities across North Yorkshire to do likewise. We are encouraging historic and public buildings across North Yorkshire to take part in thanking volunteers by lighting up their building in purple, please do let us know if you are able to take part so we can celebrate with you on our social media channels.
Charities across the UK will also be holding events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering. Last year there were over 600 events across the country, from award ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.
Lizzie Clapham, Development Officer, at Community First Yorkshire says “Volunteers can be such an integral part of an organisation’s team, and are often invaluable in enabling charities to remain open and continue providing support. It’s so important to thank them and make sure they know how appreciated they are. If your organisation is celebrating with the Big Lunch this year, or saying thank you to your volunteers, get in touch to let us know so we can help spread the word”
From the power of youth to environment and conservation, there is a different theme to focus on each day, with a culmination in The Big Lunch on Sunday 6 June. This is a chance to celebrate connections and get together with your neighbours and community, whether that be online, on your doorstep or over the fence. If your organisation is celebrating with the Big Lunch this year, get in touch with Community First Yorkshire to tell them how.
For many charities, the week will be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer.
The week has a different theme each day:
Tuesday – Launch – Time to say Thanks
Wednesday – Power of youth day
Thursday – Employer supported and skilled volunteering day
Friday – Home nations day – Volunteer Voices
Saturday – Environment and conservation day
Sunday – The Big Lunch
Monday – Close of week – a time to say Thanks
For charities in North Yorkshire wanting to find volunteers, you can use Community First Yorkshire’s free, online database Volunteering in North Yorkshire (VINY), which aims to make it easier for people to find their perfect volunteering role, whether they want to volunteer from home, volunteer through work or volunteer in their community. There is such a variety of different opportunities available, from a puppy raiser to a costume interpreter, a marketing volunteer to a telephone befriender. You might want to take part in one-off volunteering or give more of your time. Whatever you require, VINY can help find something that suits you.
Community First Yorkshire can help organisations develop best practice in managing volunteers and deliver a personally rewarding experience for every volunteer. They also organise North Yorkshire’s quarterly Volunteer Co-ordinator Network (V-Net) meetings for those in a charity with a responsibility for volunteers.
New enquiries if you need support with any aspect of volunteer management please complete a New Enquiry Form and one of our developments officer will be in touch to support you.
General info for general information, guidance, templates, online training and resources please visit our dedicated website, which includes 15 factsheets that cover many aspects of volunteer management e.g. recruitment, supervisions and template policies etc.
If you have any further questions or need support with any aspect of volunteering, please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook group if you have not already done so you may like to join our closed Facebook group for V-Net. The group now has over 100 members. The group is for people to share their thoughts, actions and questions on all aspects of volunteer management. You will need a Facebook account to join, please contact us if you need guidance on this. If you already have a Facebook account please Click here to join.