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Volunteers’ Week 2022 – A Time to Say Thanks

With less than a month to go until Volunteers’ Week 2022, taking place 1-7 June, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you will recognise and thank your volunteers.

This year’s Volunteer’s Week is the 38th year of the UK recognising volunteers and also coincides with celebrations to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The theme for this year – ‘A time to say thanks’ – encourages everyone to recognise the huge impact that people from all walks of life around the UK make on the lives of people and their communities when they volunteer.

Every year hundreds of events, both online and in-person, take place to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and the huge range of ways in which volunteers give their time.  This year will be no different.  A wide variety of activities will be happening across the country including The Big Jubilee Lunch.  The Big Jubilee Lunch is an opportunity for volunteers to come together online at their doorstep or in a park, guidelines permitting, to celebrate community connections, share volunteering experiences and mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years of service.

In communities, the pandemic response has seen volunteers coming together to support wherever they can – this can be seen in the 16.3 million people who formally volunteered in 2020/21.  Nationally, volunteering contributes positively to the UK economy, estimated at £20 billion – or almost 1% of GDP – in 2017-18.

Denise Hayward, Chief Executive at Volunteer Now, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in Northern Ireland, commented:

“Volunteers have continued to give so much time, energy, commitment and skills to the communities and organisations that they have supported through another difficult year.  It is fitting that Volunteers Week 2022 will give everyone the opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has made a difference through their voluntary efforts.”

Volunteers’ Week is taking place during the #MonthOfCommunity.  Running throughout June, the #MonthOfCommunity brings together some great organisations with a range of events including Volunteers’ Week, The Big Jubilee Lunch and Small Charity Week, and in Thank You Day on 5 June.  This collaborative month aims to encourage everyone to think about and join in with the wide variety of positive activities and initiatives happening in local communities across the UK.

Volunteers Week is organised as a partnership between Volunteer Now, NCVO (England), Volunteer Scotland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

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