Volunteers Week – ‘Thank You’ 1st to 7th June 2020
Volunteers are invaluable in the support and value they bring to the VCSE sector in Trafford. They are essential in supporting in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as friends of parks groups, sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.
Normally hundreds of Volunteer celebration events would be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers’ Week, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic these have been cancelled. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak over the past 12 weeks we have seen an enormous community response, with over 560 volunteers register to offer their support in many different ways through Thrive alone.
For many Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise and charities the week is a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer.
We also want to showcase some of different ways people have been volunteering across Trafford especially recently throughout the pandemic, and showcase what the impact of volunteering has had on their lives Check out the case studies below:
If you would like more information on any of the case studies below or have any volunteering opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org
• In 2015, volunteering output contributed an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to approximately 1.2% of GDP.
• In 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.
• There are 165,801 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers.
• Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector. For example, there are an estimated 3 million people volunteering in health and care.
For more statistics visit https://data.ncvo.org.uk/a/almanac17/volunteering-overview/