Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. This year it will take place from 1-7 June and given the current situation will be celebrated somewhat differently than usual. This year it is more important than ever to recognise the effort being made by volunteers during the pandemic we find ourselves in.
To reflect the City and district's support for Volunteers, Council’s main building on Strand Road in Derry and the Tinnies sculpture in Strabane will be lit up in recognition.The event has been organised by the North West Volunteer Centre (NWVC), which works to connect people with volunteering opportunities.
Find out what you can do in your organisation to say Thank You!
Each day during Volunteers’ Week will focus on a difference aspect of volunteering to ensure we shine the spotlight on the many types of volunteers who play a significant role in our communities.
Monday 1 June - Listening & Support – Join the first day of Volunteers’ Week 2020 on social media to celebrate the start of the week – using #VolunteersWeek and #TimeToSayThankYou – help us trend worldwide again! Today we highlight the volunteers who offer their support and listening skills to others especially during the current situation.
Tuesday 2 June - Youth Volunteering – Today we’ll be placing the spotlight on youth social action. Young people are leading and making an impact in communities all over the country, today let’s recognise the #PowerOfYouth
Wednesday 3 June - Fundraising – With so many charities struggling financially at the moment it is important to highlight that volunteers are making a huge difference to many with their creative fundraising activities
Thursday 4 June - Covid-19 response/Civic Action – Volunteer Now has launched a #HelpEachOther campaign in Northern Ireland to offer guidance and support to Volunteer Involving Organisations and those who want to volunteer. We would love to hear your stories about the volunteering which is going on during the pandemic.
Friday 5 June - Nature and Conservation – Today we are focusing on all the environmental and conservation volunteering that takes place every day. From the smallest to the largest contributions, let’s show thanks for the volunteering that makes these places and spaces better for all.
Saturday 6 June - Arts & Culture – Time to shine the spotlight on volunteers involved in Arts & Culture and especially those who have creatively taken to social media in a way of entertaining people in their homes during lock-down.
Sunday 7 June - Sports – A day to highlight the many volunteers who are involved in Sport and an opportunity to show how so many have diversified their time during the pandemic.
If you are an organisation who would like to recognise the commitment and contributions of your volunteers, you can reward them with one of our downloadable volunteer certificates, available to download here
"Volunteering – living your best life" (a report based on 25 local organisations and 75 volunteers from Derry & Strabane) supported by the public health Agency through the Clear project. Available to view here.