Now in its 29th year, Volunteers’ Week is a nationwide celebration of the volunteers who give up their time to help others.
Organisations will be taking the opportunity to recognise the contribution of their volunteers through holding awards ceremonies, recruitment fairs, celebration events, training opportunities and volunteer taster sessions.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations, and work in communities in organisations such as; sports clubs, community groups and museums, as well as public sector bodies, schools and hospitals.
Volunteers’ Week is run in England by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Volunteers’ Week is a fabulous opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate volunteers and the incredible contribution they make to our communities.
“Volunteers are an integral part of our society, and without their dedication, energy and commitment, many of the services we take for granted would simply grind to a halt.
“Lives in Tameside and Stockport have been changed for the better thanks to the amazing volunteers who give up their time to make the world a better place.”
Speaking about Volunteers’ Week 2013, Justin Davis Smith, director of volunteering at NCVO said:
“The magic of volunteering is that it is a two-way relationship. So alongside the contribution to our local communities, volunteers also benefit tremendously from the experience – learning new skills, getting back into paid work, improving physical or mental well-being, or simply meeting interesting people and having fun.
“Please join us in saying thank you to the volunteers who make our society a better place, and in highlighting the many different ways that people can get involved.”
There are over 130,000 charities in England, many of whom rely on volunteers
19.1 million people in England formally volunteered at least once a year during August 2012 to January 2013
12.6 million people formally volunteered once a month during August 2012 to January 2013
The most popular fields for regular volunteers are sports and exercise (54%); hobbies, recreation, arts and social clubs (42%); and religion (36%)
Find out what events are taking place in your area http://volunteersweek.org/events