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Volunteers' Week 2017: nation tells volunteers 'you make the difference'

Events are being planned across the country to mark Volunteers' Week 2017, taking place 1-7 June. The annual campaign sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Charities across the UK will hold events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the difference they make. During last year’s extended Volunteers’ Week, a record-breaking 900 events took place across the country, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

Find events happening in your area by visiting the map or contacting your local volunteering centre

More than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and volunteering contributes an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy.¹

Karl Wilding, director of public policy and volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which coordinates Volunteers' Week in England, said:

Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to thank volunteers across the country for the difference that they make in our communities each day. People who volunteer make an invaluable contribution to society, from running sports clubs to protecting the environment and even saving lives.

Charities and voluntary groups across the country are putting on events and celebrations in honour of the people who give their time and energy to support the causes they care about. In telling people ‘you make the difference’, we're also hoping that many people will be inspired to find out more about how they can get involved locally and try volunteering for the first time.

During Volunteers’ Week voluntary organisations will be showcasing the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Many organisations now offer short-term, flexible or remote volunteering opportunities for those who would like to play a bigger role in their communities, but are struggling to fit volunteering into their busy schedules.

Meanwhile, NCVO is asking the next government to make it easier for people to volunteer, for example by encouraging employers to allow time off for staff to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.

Volunteers' Week 2017 Photos

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1. Source: NCVO Almanac 2017 volunteering data

Find out more and view a map of the events taking place on the Volunteers' Week website and follow #volunteersweek

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