This week is Volunteers Week 2020. It is an annual celebration of volunteering run by NCVO and Volunteer Scotland which takes place from the 1-7 June.
Usually, this week would be marked by events happening up and down the country, but due to Covid-19, this year, we will all be celebrating at home. Volunteers have been an amazing support to third sector organisations and local authorities during the last few difficult months and so the emphasis of this year’s Volunteer Week is gratitude and recognition for these wonderful helpers.
Why does it matter?
Millions of people volunteer in the UK each year, giving up their time to help others without asking for anything in return. This is a chance to thank these volunteers and shout about the incredible work they do in communities across the country.
According to NCVO, the economic value of volunteering in the UK is estimated at £23.9bn, but they clarify that this does not capture its wider social value. In fact, another method which uses subjective wellbeing data has estimated the value to frequent formal volunteers themselves to be around £70bn.
Volunteers are a vital part of our communities and a lifeline to many – let’s take this chance to celebrate them!
How can I get involved?
Volunteer Scotland are asking that we all get involved by shouting out the brilliant volunteers who have helped us over the years.
If you have ever been involved in volunteering or have been supported by a particularly wonderful volunteer, share your story on social media with the hashtag #VolunteersWeekScot.
Take on a lockdown art project and get creative! Draw a picture, take a photo, write a poem, song, or a letter – anything to say thank you! You can submit these to Volunteer Scotland here, and share them on social media!
Or, if you have ever considered getting involved with volunteering yourself – now is a great time to do so! Reach out to any organisations you might be interested in working with and find out if they are needing any extra support.
You can search for individual opportunities on site such as Reach Volunteering, or why not widen your impact and get your colleagues involved? Let your employer know about Social Good Connect and the benefits of employer led volunteering and your whole team can get involved in local or virtual volunteering opportunities.
To any volunteers – thank you!
At Social Good Connect, we understand the significance and the impact of your role. Thank you to anyone who has volunteered previously and those who continue to do so month after month. We couldn’t do without you!
We want to let you know that your work is valued, recognised, and appreciated. Keep it up, you are brilliant.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can get your employer involved with employer led volunteering, or want to sign your team up – please get in touch!
Written by Betty Henderson