Volunteers’ Week 2021 is taking place from Tuesday 1st to Monday 7th June, with organisations around the UK encouraged to take the time to say thank you to all volunteers.
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.
Use #VolunteersWeek on your social to say ‘thank you’ to your volunteers and join thousands of other organisations in a nationwide show of thanks.
Below we have outlined some ideas & tips that Volunteers’ Week have provided for organisations to get involved in the week. More info on this can be found on the Volunteers’ Week website here.
Certificate presentations, awards evenings – download their certificate template
Parties, celebrations, festivals
Thank you cards and small gifts eg sending all volunteers a tea bag to ‘have a cup on us’ – use their thank you card template
Visual displays – shop windows, badges, posters
Social media thank you messages – see their guide to using social media
Download the full Comms Pack here for all information about the purpose and aim of the campaign, how to get involved, key messages and statistics and template posts that you can use across your organisations’ social media accounts.
Physical presence on market stalls, in public squares, libraries, supermarkets, high streets, county shows, hospitals
Articles in the local newspaper
Programmes on local radio
Use their press release template to help you spread the word
Volunteering fairs, open days, recruitment events, conferences
Training and induction events
Breakfasts, coffee mornings, afternoon teas
Curry and quiz nights
Pimms and pizza party
Wellbeing walks, community clean-ups, boat trips, treasure hunts, pottery cafés, floristry sessions, a day at the farm
Work with other organisations, partner with local volunteer centres, contact local councils
‘Learn the lingo’ workshop for international volunteers, scarecrow festival, ‘BioBlitz’, ukulele concert