Volunteers week takes place 1st and 7th June every year and is an opportunity to thank volunteers across the country for their hard work.
Volunteers Week has been running since 1984 when it was set up by Volunteering England and is now a nationwide campaign.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations defines volunteering as “any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives”.
Last year 20.1 million people in the UK volunteered, with 11.8 million people doing so at least once a month!
For some people, volunteering provides a sense of being part of a team, helps to boost confidence and gives an opportunity to make an impact. Others may choose to volunteer to try something new or find a new career. Volunteering can make a real difference to many people and communities alike.
Volunteering in the Care Sector
Across the social care sector, volunteers are increasingly factored in when new services are being commissioned, i.e. providing support to care homes, and going into communities to help those who are isolated and vulnerable. This has arisen both out of necessity – because the sector faces higher demand and lower budgets – and it is becoming better at making the best use of volunteers.
Due to the nature of this work, a volunteer in the care sector can often face a heavy workload and a lot of responsibility, making their role a hard but rewarding one. Their vital work helps improve the lives of vulnerable individuals and is an asset to society.
If you know someone who volunteers in the care sector here are some ways in which you could thank them:
- Appreciation / thank you notes
- Send a text message or give someone a call
- Send a gift
- Say thanks with a voucher
- Create and send a thank you postcard
- Organise a surprise thank you party
- Send a letter
- Create a volunteer hall of fame
To find out more on how to become a volunteer in an area local to you, simply click here.