Volunteers' Week 2021 - Tips & Ideas for Organisations

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

  • Lunches

  • Picnics, BBQs

  • 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

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