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Volunteers’ Week

Saturday
1
June

What is Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers’ Week celebrates volunteers across the UK and recognises the contributions they make. It is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of volunteering, making it the prime opportunity to give thanks to the 20 million people who volunteer.

Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year.

How is Volunteers’ Week Celebrated?

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, set up events and information around the week and encourage people to get involved. Stories are shared from people who give their time to volunteering and awareness is raised on the importance of volunteers and the impact their time makes.

Social media the main platform used to share information and encourage participation, however the week is often featured in the news.

Volunteers’ Week and Employment

As over 20 million people are volunteers, it is likely that they account for a large proportion of the paid workforce. Most organisations will have individuals who balance their role and volunteering. Employers can support their employees who volunteer by:

  • Giving thanks to volunteers during Volunteers Week
  • Sharing resources that highlight the importance of volunteering and the difference it makes
  • Providing volunteering hours or days
  • Encouraging employees to volunteer if they can

Organisations will also have volunteer roles working within their teams or be run mainly by volunteers. These organisations can support volunteers by:

  • Giving thanks to volunteers during Volunteers Week
  • Sharing resources that highlight the importance of volunteering and the difference it makes
  • Creating a support network
  • Ensuring policies are in place to cover volunteers
  • Provide them with the information, equipment and training they need to do their role