Annually, Volunteers Week is the first week of June. Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.
These 21 million people are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support. Such a big contribution is worth a big celebration!
Events are always a big part of Volunteers’ Week and last year over 750 events were posted on the NCVO events map from recruitment fairs to award ceremonies and tea parties.
This year Voluntary Support North Surrey are planning all three – an awards ceremony in Runnymede, a tea party in Camberley Theatre and a community recruitment event in New Haw Library.
The end of Volunteers’ Week will also coincide with celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Communities across the UK have been encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event.
The week is also a chance to inspire others to get involved. There’s huge choice out there but sometimes people aren’t aware of them or they have a particular perception of what volunteering is about. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to talk about the roles available in North Surrey please contact us on 01932 571122 or 01276 707565 or have a look at volunteer options on our website
We have short term events for people to give volunteering a try. Event volunteering can be a really great, flexible way for you to get a taste of the volunteering experience.
We are also hoping to pilot some micro volunteering options during Volunteers Week. Microvolunteering is performing tasks in small increments of time usually through the use of technology to benefit voluntary organisations. People are increasingly looking for flexible volunteering that they can fit in around work or other commitments and we hope to get people in Runnymede and Surrey Heath using their skills, time and talents to help others.
If you are already a volunteer then thank you for your service. If you’d like to be a volunteer then we look forward to hearing from you soon.