Posted on: 
27th May 2021

Volunteers’ Week 2021, takes place 1-7 June 2021, when charities around the UK to take the time to say thank you to all ‘volunteers’.

We were very happy to be able to re-open our retail shops after being closed for three months and we were delighted to see our Volunteers back in stores, in the warehouse and on the delivery vans.

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 incredible impact that volunteering has in UK communities. 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 to ensure we recognise the impact that different types of volunteering have played in communities across the UK in the last 12 months.

This will include themes such as youth volunteering, employer supported volunteering and environmental volunteering. Each day is a chance to take the time to say thank you to volunteers across the UK – and the coordinators are calling for all charities and volunteers to get involved. Every year hundreds of events, both online and in-person, take place to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and the huge range of ways in which volunteers give their time.

This year will be no different. A wide variety of activities will be happening across the country including The Big Lunch.

Frade, loves this idea and there’s nothing better than staff, volunteers and Trustees coming together over an outdoor bar-b-q, weather permitting.

Michelle Tierney stated “The past year has been extremely challenging, at unknown and unprecedented levels. Like many charities, Frade have relied heavily on the commitment and support of our volunteer workforce. They did not let us down. Throughout the past 12 months our volunteers have exceeded our expectations with their level of dedication, support and commitment. Our volunteers have been selfless in serving

our local communities and they have gone above and beyond on every occasion. Volunteers Week really is ‘a time to say thanks’ whereby we can show our appreciation and say a huge thank you to everyone involved in our charity and show immense gratitude for the hard work and resilience that they have all shown. Volunteers really are amazing “.

During the pandemic response, across the country we’ve seen volunteers coming together to support wherever they can - this can be seen in the 400,000 active volunteers who were signed up by the NHS Volunteer Responders. Nationally, volunteering contributes positively to the UK economy, estimated at £18.2 billion - or almost 1% of GDP - in 2017-18. Sarah Vibert, interim chief executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said: “Volunteers’ Week is about recognising all of those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months, acknowledging the huge number of first-time volunteers in communities around the country, and also saying thank you to all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic

Volunteers are always working at the heart of every UK community.

It is hard to overstate the incredible impact they have made during an incredibly challenging year. The pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by the amazing volunteers across the UK. We must ensure this recognition continues.

That is why, on this 37th annual Volunteers’ Week, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!”

Denise Hayward, chief executive at Volunteer Now, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in Northern Ireland, commented: “Volunteers Week 2021 is a great opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to all of those existing and new volunteers who have supported the covid response throughout the year. We also want to thank all of those volunteers who are patiently waiting to get back to their face-to-face roles and those who have stopped and started throughout the year in line with the government guidance. As we move through the recovery plan, I hope that we will all be able to safely, embrace volunteering within the new environment to continue to support people and the causes we care about.”

“We are so grateful to all our Volunteers who help with our regular and new donors as collections have gone through the roof this past month” stated CEO Michael Bertram.

If you would like to more about Voluteer opportunities within Frade, please contact Michelle Tierney on 01642 608791 or email: michelle.tierney@frade.co.uk

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