Volunteers’ Week

Time to say thanks!

Volunteers’ Week is a special week earmarked to thank volunteers for all that they bring to their local communities and this year it feels more important than ever.

Celebrated every year from 1 – 7 June, it’s a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. It also raises awareness about the benefits of becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.  This year marks the 37th year of recognising volunteers with the overarching theme for the week being Time to Say Thanks!

This Volunteers’ Week we are encouraging everyone to take the time to say thank you to all volunteers! During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.

Despite the restrictions coronavirus has placed on our daily lives, volunteers and charities have been active through lockdowns and new waves of restrictions to support people, their communities and local environments.

We want to recognise all of those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months but also all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.

Volunteers are always active in the heart of every UK community. They are behind many of the services we all rely on. Some are now volunteering online from home, others in person with a local charity or organisation. Their crucial contribution has not stopped, despite the uncertain times we find ourselves in, and will continue as an important part of the nation’s recovery.

The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering. However, the coronavirus 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 Britain’s volunteers. That is why it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!

Tuesday 1 June – Volunteers’ Week launch
We would love to receive short videos from your organisation! ….

This year, BAVO is asking organisations to send in short video clips of their organisation – below are a few suggestions:

  • A video to promote your volunteer roles and hopefully recruit more volunteers;
  • A video to say thank to your volunteers for all their hard work;
  • A video of your volunteers telling us what they have been up to over the last few months;
  • A video explaining what your organisations does, who you support and what you hope to achieve over the coming months.

We can then highlight the videos on our social media platforms, so that people are more aware how much volunteers and organisations do to support individuals and communities throughout Bridgend.

The video clips will only need to be about 30 seconds long and can be done on your phone via Whatsapp. We can then run the videos throughout Volunteers’ Week to raise awareness of what is going on in Bridgend.  You will need to send your videos to BAVO by 14 May to volunteering@bavo.org.uk

Wednesday 2 June
Youth volunteering

In partnership with the #iwill campaign #PowerofYouth day.

Thursday 3 June from 10am – 1pm, book on to our FREE online
An introduction to recruiting, selecting and managing volunteers

Community Furniture Aid

Our course will give ideas on how to recruit, select and manage volunteers. For further details and to register your place, visit www.bavo.org.uk/bavo-training/our-training

Friday 4 June at 2pm
Online volunteer get together via Zoom to meet volunteers in other projects in Bridgend County

If you volunteer in a project in Bridgend County we would love you to join us to celebrate Volunteers’ Week! For log in details, email: volunteering@bavo.org.uk

Monday 7 June – Volunteers’ Week
Tell us your volunteering opportunities! …

We will also be issuing our next BAVO Volunteering e-bulleting during Volunteers’ Week, which provides an ideal opportunity to advertise your opportunities to local individuals looking to volunteer. Please email: volunteering@bavo.org.uk by Monday 10 May with your logo, a photo of your organisation’s activities, a brief idea of the volunteer roles available and contact details.

How do volunteers contribute in Wales?

Volunteers give their time, energies and skills to many aspects of life in Wales, in sports, the arts, education, health, faith-based organisations, the environment, public sectors, in the Welsh language and to a range of communities where English is a second language. Welsh villages, towns, cities, rural landscapes and the surrounding coasts and seas are improved and enhanced by volunteers that live, work, play and visit Wales.

In 2018, 28% of people living in Wales reported that they volunteered. Over the past 12 months as communities, neighbours and individuals responded to coronavirus and various lockdown formats, volunteers became involved in shopping for, and delivering food parcels, collecting and delivering items from pharmacies, providing dog walking services and being there, through providing welfare check ins and wellbeing chats to those that need them. Volunteers have raised vital funds for voluntary organisations, through a range of fundraising activities and helped share messages of public health information across social media sites.

The interest, awareness and appreciation for volunteering continues to grow, which make this a great time to ensure your organisation is visible to prospective volunteers, even if your volunteer recruitment is currently on hold.

Volunteers’ Week is a great way to say thank you to all your volunteers…

We are more than happy to run thank you messages throughout the week. Send them through to volunteering@bavo.org.uk and we will get them onto BAVO’s website and social media platforms.

Why not host an online coffee and catch up for your volunteers during Volunteers’ Week as a thank you to your volunteers’ and let us know!

If you have any others ideas or suggestions please let us know and we will try to add them to our list.

This has been a challenging year and volunteers have really made a big difference in so many ways, so let’s celebrate and recognise those achievements!

Contact us

For further details, contact Sharon Headon at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: volunteering@bavo.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Trusted Charity Mark
  • Quality in Befriending
  • Healthy Working Wales Gold
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