A huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped us celebrate National Volunteers’ Week from 1 to 7 June.
We had a vast array of activities going on across the week! I will mention as many as I can here, but may well have missed a few and apologies if I have.
Volunteers in our shops got into the spirit of the week with their usual boundless energy, with Seaham using fancy dress, Swindon bringing out the cupcakes and Cwmbran making sure all their volunteers wore their promotional t-shirts to draw attention. Others used posters, balloons and stands outside their stores to appeal to more people to step up and join our 580 retail volunteer ranks. The shops simply couldn’t run without them, so a huge high-five to all our brilliant supporters in retail.
Several events went on over the course of the week, with companies volunteering to support our participants and staff attending volunteer fairs. From Edinburgh to London, communities were celebrating volunteers and putting on events to help people sign up to support a local organisation, so we attended several over the week. We were also supported by Northumbrian Water, Salesforce and Indeed during the week.
The NW volunteer team joined our social enterprise in Seaham for a day of mainly digging! The Salesforce volunteer team hosted one of their regular workshops on marketing for our NEA customers and staff from Indeed hosted an employability workshop for Work and Health Programme participants. Another wealth of experience, skills and sheer elbow grease delivered by our brilliant corporate partners.
And what else… of course our fantastic individual volunteers who share their skills and knowledge with our participants on a one-to-one and group basis across the organisation. There were nattering knitters in Leicester, photography sessions in Edinburgh, Volunteer Coaches in our Aim4Work service and IT support volunteers receiving an award for their support in Egham on Friday.
A blog from one of the volunteers
who supports our accessibility service team brought a warm fuzzy feeling to the week. This is just a snapshot of the support our 500 skilled volunteers offer the organisation throughout the year.
It’s been another great week celebrating with them and we hope to help attract many more volunteers to our organisation over the coming 12 months. We simply couldn’t be without them.