The Minister for Civil Society joins Shaw Trust in Parliament to celebrate National Volunteers' Week. Shaw Trust, a national employment, disability, learning and skills charity, celebrated the contribution of their volunteers during a Parliamentary reception aimed at raising awareness of their support.
The event coincided with National Volunteers' Week, an annual celebration to recognise the contribution of millions of volunteers across the United Kingdom, taking place from the 1st to the 12th of June 2016.
Pictured left to right: John Canessa, Retail Director, Austin Hardie Director of Charitable Operations and Enterprise Activities, Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, Rebecca Main, Head of Supporter Development and Jason Moyes, Volunteering Development Specialist.
The charity has over 1,000 volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales who gave over 126,000 hours of their time last year. Shaw Trust volunteers support the charity's retail shops, social enterprises and employment centres to help clients find work or gain new skills.
National Volunteers' Week is also an important opportunity to thank the 30 companies whose staff volunteered with Shaw Trust last year as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. Several of the companies volunteered at Shaw Trust's horticultural enterprises, working closely with the charity's disabled clients. Many provide employability support by sharing their skills and career experience with Shaw Trust's clients. Corporate volunteering opportunities are a good way for companies to boost community relationships too.
During the Parliamentary reception, the Minister for Civil Society addressed Shaw Trust's volunteers and thanked them for what they have achieved. Volunteers support the delivery of a key part of Shaw Trust's employment support services that help 50,000 people a year on their journey into sustainable employment. The Minister spoke about the importance of celebrating the efforts of all volunteers and his determination to support wider social action across the United Kingdom.
Shaw Trust's own research shows that 77% of their volunteers believe that giving up their time for the charity is good for their own health and wellbeing. If you would like to volunteer for Shaw Trust, please contact Sally Goodger, National Volunteering Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org (opens in new window).
Austin Hardie, Shaw Trust's Director of Charitable Operations and Enterprise Activities, said:
"Shaw Trust's volunteers work hard every year to transform the lives of people we work with as part of our charitable mission. They deserve to be recognised for their outstanding commitment. National Volunteers' Week is also an important reminder that giving up your time to support a community project or other good causes can make a real difference."
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
"The history of Shaw Trust reflects the incredible commitment and desire of so many in our society to take action and to make a real difference.
"I am delighted to be speaking at this event today, recognising the great work of their volunteers and also the fantastic national response that we have already seen to #VolunteersWeek."