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Charities urged to get involved in Volunteers’ Week 2021 & say thank you

Volunteers’ Week 2021 takes place from 1-7 June this year, with charities around the UK encouraged to take the time to say thank you to all volunteers.  

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign, entering its 37th year, which sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers themselves come together to recognise the impact that volunteering has in UK communities. It is led in partnership by NCVO, WCVA, Volunteer Scotland, and Volunteer Now.

This year’s theme is ‘A time to say thanks’ – recognising that during an exceptionally difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemic, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities every day – just as they do every year. 

Each day of Volunteers’ Week 2021 will focus on a different theme of volunteering. This will include themes such as youth volunteering, employer supported volunteering and environmental volunteering.

Every year hundreds of events, both online and in-person, take place to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and this year a wide variety of activities will be happening across the country including The Big Lunch: an opportunity for volunteers to come together online, at their doorstep, or in a park, guidelines permitting, to celebrate community connections and share volunteering experiences.

Nationally, volunteering contributed an estimated £18.2 billion – or almost 1% of GDP – to the UK economy, in 2017-18. 

Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said:

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