Volunteers' Week 2018: Championing volunteering for all

Charities are counting down the days until Volunteers’ Week 2018, taking place 1-7 June, now in its 34th year. The annual campaign sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

This year’s theme is ‘volunteering for all’ – a celebration of the many different ways people can give their time. From trustees or campaigners to carers and fundraisers, charities and other organisations that involve volunteers are taking the opportunity to recognise the fantastic and unique contribution all their volunteers make.

Across the UK, events will be taking place to celebrate the huge range of ways in which volunteers give their time. During Volunteers’ Week 2017 over 800 incredible events took place, from art exhibitions to coffee mornings and volunteer fairs.

Find events happening in your area by visiting the Volunteers’ Week website or contacting your local volunteer centre.

Volunteering statistics:

  • 37% of the UK population volunteer at least once a year, with 22% volunteering at least once a month (1)
  • Volunteering contributes an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy (2)
  • The most popular ways of giving time are fundraising and running events, with sports organisations and groups being the most popular places to volunteer (3)
  • The most common reason people give for why they volunteer is to improve things and to help others, other reasons include having the time to volunteer, to meet new people and to learn new skills (4)

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

Volunteers’ Week gives charities’ and voluntary organisations the perfect opportunity to thank every one of the fantastic volunteers they work with. It is a chance to recognise that however volunteers give their time or skills, their contribution makes a huge difference to their community.

‘This Volunteers’ Week we are championing volunteering for all. We want to make the point that whoever you are and whatever your background, skills or experience, there’s a volunteering role for you.

‘Many organisations now offer flexible, short-term and even remote volunteering opportunities. So, whether you work in a busy full-time role, or you’re about to retire with a little more time on your hands, you should be able to find a volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

Notes

Volunteers’ Week is a UK-wide celebration. The week is led in partnership by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Volunteer Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action and supported by organisations across the UK.

It is coordinated in England by NCVO, the representative body for charities and volunteering in England.

Full details of the campaign can be found on the Volunteers' Week website.  

Find out what’s happening near you by looking at our events listing

Volunteers week can be followed on social media:

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For more information and interview requests, contact Rosie Walworth, NCVO press office, on 020 7520 2469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For volunteering case studies, please contact Giselle Green, editor of NCVO Constructive Voices, on 07960 873035 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sources

  1. Volunteering Overview, UK Civil Society Almanac 2018
  2. Changes in the value and division of unpaid volunteering in the UK: 2000 to 2015
  3. Volunteering Profiles, UK Civil Society Almanac 2018
  4. Motivations and Barriers to Volunteering, UK Civil Society Almanac 2018
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