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To mark the launch of Volunteers’ Week 2021, 1-7 June, a government minister and charities around the UK are encouraging everyone to use it as ‘a time to say thanks’ to all those volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic.
A time to say thanks after a difficult year
The theme of this year’s Volunteers’ Week is ‘A time to say thanks’. The aim of the week is to encourage recognition of the efforts of people from all walks of life around the UK who took the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities during an exceptionally difficult year. Without the efforts of these volunteers up and down the country during the pandemic – delivering everything from emergency food to vaccines – we would not be in our current position where we are able to slowly emerge from lockdown.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign, now 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 hundreds of events, both online and in-person, will take place to celebrate the huge range of ways in which volunteers give their time.
Each day of Volunteers’ Week 2021 focuses on a different theme to ensure recognition of the roles different types of volunteering have played in communities across the UK in the last 12 months. This will include youth volunteering (2 June), employer supported and skilled volunteering (3 June), and environmental and conservation volunteering (5 June). The week will also highlight the stories of volunteers through their own ‘Volunteer Voices’ (4 June) and encourage everyone to celebrate the impact of volunteers in their own community through The Big Lunch (6 June).