Volunteers Week takes place every year from 1 – 7 June. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge and thank the thousands of people who volunteer to support individuals, organisations and communities.
Volunteers have always come together in compassionate, creative and meaningful ways and, as we have seen most recently, particularly when individuals and communities need them most.
We have shared some ideas on our blog for ways organisations can connect with and thank volunteers at this time.
During this week, we are highlighting the benefits of volunteering with stories and podcasts from our staff team. We are also linking with and sharing resources from NCVO and a new national campaign for Volunteers Week 2020 being co-ordinated by some of the bigger national charities. Seven themes for seven days have been identified and suggestions made for social media posts and promotion of a #WaveforVolunteers campaign.
Monday 1 June: in her blog, Colleen shares how rewarding she finds volunteering, and how it has helped her develop digital skills that benefit her in her paid work.
Tuesday 2 June: the campaign looks at how volunteering can help with health and well-being. Read Hilary’s blog about how volunteering as a befriender and dog walker helped her mentally, physically and emotionally.
Wednesday 3 June: in her blog, Leah talks about how using her professional skills helped her volunteer as a funding assessor.
Thursday 4 June: how have communities taken informal action as a response to Covid-19? Dewi Winkle, Health Partnerships Manager, talks to Leah Furniss about helping others locally and his longer-term volunteering for Team Rubicon in our new podcast.
Friday 5 June: Today’s theme is nature and the outdoors. Read how Joanne Abbot combines her love of the outdoors and staying active with helping others who are less able to get out and about.
You can download information on the national campaign here.
Our range of resources will continue to be available to organisations who help support and manage volunteers in our Community Gateway. Our Volunteering in North Yorkshire directory offers an opportunity for organisations looking for volunteers and individuals looking for volunteer opportunities to come together.
We would like to take this chance to recognise and say a huge thank you to all passionate, caring, committed and amazing volunteers and organisations for all you do. Your support is #NeverMoreNeeded.
Throughout this week we will be sharing stories from our team about why they volunteer, what they do, what it means to them and those they support, and busting some common myths around getting involved!
First up, listen to our brand new podcast:
Also available on Tune In and Spotify.