Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2021) is an annual national campaign which gives VCSE organisations across the country an opportunity to say thank you to their volunteers for their invaluable contribution.
Over the past 15 months of the pandemic, volunteers have provided essential help to local services and support networks within our Buckinghamshire communities. To acknowledge their efforts and the positive impact they have had, the VCSE Recovery Board is encouraging Bucks volunteer-involving organisations to take part in Volunteers’ Week, joining under #ProudOfBucks #VolunteersWeek.
How to get involved in Volunteers’ Week
To help Bucks VCSE organisations get involved in the awareness week, we have published a range of Bucks-focused Volunteers’ Week campaign resources, including a co-ordinated Campaign Plan for the county, in a dedicated Bucks Volunteers’ Week Google folder; these can be downloaded but there is also an opportunity to share information – such as volunteer stories – with each other. Have a look too at NCVO’s Volunteers’ Week resources which have been published to support the national campaign including ideas on how to say thank you to your volunteers, and ways to launch a new volunteer programme.
With a different theme on each day of the week, you can also join in a wider celebration and be inspired by the discussions over the seven days:
- Tuesday 1st June/ Volunteers’ Week launch – a time to say thanks: share your volunteer stories to celebrate the start of the week #VolunteersWeek #ProudOfBucks
- Wednesday 2nd June/ The power of youth: in partnership with the #iWill campaign, the focus will be on the role of youth volunteering in the daily lives of individuals and communities, not only during the pandemic #VolunteersWeek #ProudOfBucks #PowerOfYouth
- Thursday 3rd June/ Employer supported and skilled volunteering: activities today will showcase the continued contributions of volunteers using their professional skills and knowledge, as well as those who are giving back to their communities with the support of their employers #VolunteersWeek #ProudOfBucks
- Friday 4th June/ Volunteer voices – experiences from volunteers: a chance to hear from volunteers about their role as well as the benefits of volunteering for both the volunteer and the people they support #VolunteersWeek #ProudOfBucks
- Saturday 5th June/ Environment and conservation: to coincide with World Environment Day, the spotlight will be on environmental volunteering activities #VolunteersWeek #ProudOfBucks
- Sunday 6th June/ The Big Lunch: a chance to celebrate community connections and meet fellow volunteers, this weekend is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours and communities – whether online, on the doorstep, or in a park (guidelines permitting) #VolunteersWeek #ProudOfBucks
We at Community Impact Bucks would love to hear what you are doing; if you mention us in your social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), we will help share your news and thanks to a wider audience. We are calling on volunteer-involving organisations in Buckinghamshire to use #ProudOfBucks alongside #VolunteersWeek to help highlight stories that make us proud of our county.
Support from Community Impact Bucks
Do you need support recruiting volunteers and trustees for your organisation? Or maybe you are looking to setting up a new project? As the Volunteer Centre for Buckinghamshire, we are here to help you recruit, manage and support volunteers:
- Volunteers’ Week event: If you are interested in finding out more about bite-size volunteering (micro-volunteering), join Community Impact Bucks for Introduction to Bite-size Volunteering on 1st or 3rd June (10.30am and 2pm each day). The sessions will last 45 minutes via Zoom; to book your free place, visit our training and events web page.
- Volunteers’ Week event: for 1:2:1 advice, book a free 60 minute session with Lew Headley, VCSE Community and Development officer, on 2nd or 4th June (between 10.30am – 2pm) either via our training and events webpage or directly with Lew – firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Bucks VCSE organisations looking for additional volunteers, have a look at how to request volunteers through the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service
- If you’re looking for volunteers with professional skills, you can register with our national partner Reach Volunteering; alternatively, for more general volunteering roles, register with national volunteer database Do It Life
- Check out our online resources to help you recruit and support volunteers effectively and safely during the pandemic, and our volunteer training content which you can share with your volunteers to ensure that they have a safe and rewarding experience.