Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of volunteers that takes place every year from 1 – 7 June. The week provides a great opportunity to highlight volunteer opportunities and a chance for us to say thank you to our volunteers that are involved in voluntary and community organisations throughout Bridgend County Borough.

Opportunity for our member organisations and groups to highlight your volunteering opportunities during Volunteers’ Week....

We are hoping to advertise various volunteer roles to celebrate the diversity and range of volunteering opportunities available throughout the area. If you have volunteers that have been with your project a long time, a volunteer that is happy to have their story told to highlight the difference volunteering has made to them, or a volunteer that has made a big difference to your organisation, please let us know and we will highlight your stories through our website, social media and volunteering e-bulletin throughout Volunteers’ Week.

Throughout the week, organisations will we be able to use our Bridgend Volunteer Centre to raise awareness of your volunteer opportunities. Please get in touch and we will also publicise that you are going to be there.

BAVO's Volunteers' Week events and activities ...

Monday 1 June 2020 from 10am – 2pm
Pop in to our Bridgend Volunteer Centre for a coffee and biscuit and meet our officers who run our  volunteering Super-Agers, Link Up and Community Companions projects.

Tuesday 2 June 2020 at 2pm
Volunteer Managers’ Forum at the Zone, Bridgend

Wednesday 3 June 2020 from 3 – 4pm
Volunteer drop-in at Bridgend Volunteer Centre for young people to find out more about being part of the Bridgend Youth Led Panel

Thursday 4 June 2020 from 1 – 5pm (pre-book only)
BAVO training: A basic introduction to recruiting, selecting and managing volunteers
St Johns Ambulance Centre, Bridgend
| Read more and book your place here |

Friday 5 June 2020 from 10am – 1pm
Volunteering opportunities information day at John Street Bandstand – Porthcawl town centre

If your organisation would like to join us at our information day in Porthcawl or want to use our Volunteer Centre during Volunteers’ Week to raise awareness of your volunteer opportunities, please contact us by no later than Tuesday 14 April 2020 to book your place by contacting Sharon at Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]

Organisations arranging local events during Volunteers’ Week are also encouraged to share your stories with #VolunteersWeek, register their activities on the official Volunteers’ Week website volunteersweek.org/get-involved/events and send your tweets to us @BAVO_CVC.

Reasons to celebrate volunteering each year

A 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 are least likely.

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.

Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as sport clubs, schools and hospitals.

Volunteering facts

  • In 2015, volunteering output contributed an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to approximately 1.2% of GDP;
  • In 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month;
  • There are 165,801 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers;
  • Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector, e.g. there are an estimated 3 million people volunteering in health and care.

| For more statistics, read more here  |

Why volunteer?.....

Volunteering can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. It benefits you and the individuals or group you are helping. Groups rely on volunteers, so volunteering can make a BIG difference to YOU and your COMMUNITY!  Find out how volunteering has changed people’s lives…| Read more here |

Contact us

For further details, contact Sharon at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]