Volunteers’ Week 2013: celebrations take place for local volunteers
- Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:55
- Published: Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:54
1-7 June 2013
Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country this week to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2013, with charities and other organisations taking the time to say thank you to the volunteers who support their work throughout the year.
Now in its 29th year, Volunteers’ Week is a nationwide week to celebrate the work of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help others.
Organisations will be taking the opportunity to recognise the contribution of their volunteers through holding awards ceremonies, recruitment fairs, celebration events, training opportunities and volunteer taster sessions.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations, and work in communities in organisations such as sports clubs, community groups and museums, as well as public sector bodies, schools and hospitals.
- There are over 130,000 charities in England, many of whom rely on volunteers (1)
- 19.1 million people in England formally volunteered at least once a year during August 2012 to January 2013 (1)
- 12.6 million People formally volunteered once a month during August 2012 to January 2013 (1)
- The most popular types of volunteering, for those who do so regularly, are sports and exercise (54%); hobbies, recreation, arts and social clubs (42%); and religion (36%) (2)
Volunteers’ Week is run in England by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
Speaking about Volunteers’ Week 2013, Justin Davis Smith, director of volunteering at NCVO said:
‘Volunteers’ Week is a fabulous opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate volunteers and the incredible contribution they make to our communities. Volunteers are an integral part of our society, and without their dedication, energy and commitment, many of the services we take for granted would simply grind to a halt.
‘But the magic of volunteering is that it is a two-way relationship. So alongside the contribution to our local communities, volunteers also benefit tremendously from the experience – learning new skills, getting back into paid work, improving physical or mental well-being, or simply meeting interesting people and having fun.
‘Please join us in saying thank you to the volunteers who make our society a better place, and in highlighting the many different ways that people can get involved.'