28 May 2019
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of volunteers that takes place every year in June and is a perfect time to say ‘thank you’ to your volunteers.
With this year theme 'Time
to celebrate' there will be parties, award events and
outings, recruitment fayres and exhibitions taking place throughout
the UK to recruit, reward and recognise volunteers.
Reasons to celebrate
A recent survey of volunteers' experience reminds us that
volunteers both give and also gain much through their volunteering
- and that there is much to celebrate!
Time Well Spent is a
national survey, published by NCVO in January 2019. Seven in 10
people surveyed have volunteered at some point in their lives.
Those aged 65 and over are the age group most likely to have
volunteered recently and those between 25-34 years are least
The findings highlighted a spectrum of engagement with
volunteering: some are committed on a weekly basis whilst for
others it is something they dip in and out of occasionally.
What happens in Wales?
WCVA produced a series of case studies last year entitled
'Recipes for a successful Volunteers' Week' to demonstrate how
groups in Wales have celebrated Volunteers' Week.
For example, 'Undercover Boss', tells how Health Board Executive
Directors went 'undercover', shadowing health board volunteers and
providing an opportunity to the Executive Team to directly say
thank you to volunteers.
Community and Voluntary Support Conwy held a volunteer celebration
event to raise awareness of the diverse volunteering carried out in
Conwy while Swansea Volunteering Forum held an event to focus on
improving the health and wellbeing of volunteers and volunteer
To find out more on these and other events, visit Recipes for a
successful Volunteers' Week.
Volunteers' Week comms pack
WCVA have put together a bilingual comms pack to help you
promote your activities which includes tweets; Volunteers' Week
logo (in jpeg and eps formats) to add to your publicity material;
individual volunteer and group certificates; a 'thank you' event A3
poster; a check list and much more. All resources can be found here.
You can add details to promote your event or find out what's
happening near you by selecting this link.
For more information please visit https://volunteersweek.org/