Running from 1 – 7 June, Volunteers’ Week 2021 sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers themselves come together to recognise the impact that volunteering has in UK communities.
This year the theme is ‘A time to say thanks’ – recognising that people from all walks of life across the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a difference in their community during an exceptionally difficult year.
This year’s #VolunteersWeek will be ‘A time to say thanks’. From 1-7 June, join us in recognising and thanking all #volunteers who supported our communities throughout this pandemic and all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/RHPnQVmVOD— NCVO Volunteering (@NCVOvolunteers) May 4, 2021
Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said:
“Volunteers’ Week is about recognising all of those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months, acknowledging the huge number of first-time volunteers in communities around the country, and also saying thank you to all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.
“Volunteers are always working at the heart of every UK community. It is hard to overstate the incredible impact they have made during an incredibly challenging year. The pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by the amazing volunteers across the UK. We must ensure this recognition continues. That is why, on this 37th annual Volunteers’ Week, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!”
To find out more about Volunteers’ Week 2021, visit: https://volunteersweek.org/
Volunteering guides and resources for charities
To mark Volunteers’ Week 2021, we have collated a handy list of all our volunteering guides to help charities, voluntary organisations and community groups:
It can sometimes be confusing for a charity or voluntary organisation when it comes to taking out employers’ liability insurance for your volunteers. In this guide, we look at the legal requirements and best practice to help you make an informed decision.
Many recent studies conducted on volunteer work show a strong correlation between volunteering and improved mental health and well-being for those who engage in it. Read about our study which explores different factors associated with volunteering, such as the age of volunteers, the type of volunteering and the volume of hours spent volunteering.
From lending a hand within your neighbourhood, to supporting local charities and setting up your own support group, there are many ways to get involved to help out during COVID-19. We’ve set out some practical guidance for those who would like to volunteer during the coronavirus outbreak, including how you can volunteer, where to volunteer and how to stay safe.
With the mental health and wellbeing of charity staff an increasing concern, we have put together the below list of resources. These can help charities better understand mental health in the workplace and put measures in place to improve the wellbeing of their workers and volunteers.
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