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Volunteers step into the spotlight as week of gratitude planned across the UK

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week – a UK-wide celebration that shines a light on the incredible impact that volunteers make in communities.

Led by the UK Volunteering Forum and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland, a programme of celebratory activities and events has been unveiled for Volunteers’ Week (3rd – 9th June 2024) which will bring together charities, voluntary groups, social organisations and volunteers in recognition of their contribution to society.

As well as a crucial opportunity to thank volunteers and recognise the value of their time, passion and skills, Volunteers’ Week also acts as a chance to inspire others to give volunteering a go.

Many will take part in awards ceremonies, coffee mornings and days out during the week. Festivities will then culminate with ‘The Big Help Out’, aimed at encouraging even more people to become part of the volunteering community.

Denise Hayward, chief executive at Volunteer Now commented: “For 40 years, Volunteers’ Week has provided a focus point for us to put our incredible volunteers into the spotlight, to acknowledge, thank and celebrate their work within communities in Northern Ireland.

“Volunteers simply don’t seek out thanks – it is not in their nature – so it is wonderful to publicly recognise the time, care and support they offer so generously. Volunteers literally change lives and our communities are richer because of them. We hope this week of grateful celebration encourages more people to become volunteers and experience the many benefits of doing so.”

To find out more about Volunteers’ Week and how you or your organisation can get involved, visit

Launching plans for the 40th Volunteer Week set to take place this June are (L-R): Christopher McConnell, Department for Communities; Denise Hayward, Chief Executive of Volunteer Now; Marc Scott, Chair of Volunteer Now and Amy Frazer, University of Atypical – one of the many organisations here that rely on volunteers.


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Notes to editors

  • About Volunteers’ Week: Volunteers’ Week is a long-standing, popular event in the voluntary sector, established in 1984 and now in its 40th year. It is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of events across the UK. These events showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities. Volunteers’ Week is led in partnership by NCVO, WCVA, Volunteer Scotland, and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland.

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