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Show what an amazing job your volunteers do! 

The 1st to 7th June is national Volunteers Week, with many organisations, such as the  NCVO championing everything that is brilliant about volunteers.  Under our Working Together banner, we, and our partner, Voluntary Norfolk have joined forces to create some resources to help you raise awareness of what volunteers do for your organisation.  

Why join in? 

We all know that volunteers are an essential part of what we do, and now, with more people volunteering than ever before, it’s a good time to encourage and thank them.  We are also aware that often the value of volunteers is overlooked by other sectors and by raising our voices in celebration we can remind everyone, just how important they are.   

What we will be doing 

Throughout the week, we will be sending out some key messages across our social media platforms and we will be encouraging local media (EDP, Radio Norfolk, etc) to feature stories about volunteers and highlighting the difference volunteers make. The themes we will be highlighting are: 

  • Thanking volunteers 
  • Encouraging volunteers who may have had to step down because of Covid to resume their volunteering 
  • Volunteers Voices 
  • The benefits of volunteering for health and wellbeing 

How you can get involved 

Our strength as a sector lies in our number, breadth and reach and we are, therefore, asking for your help to promote volunteers and volunteering.  

Showcase your volunteers, using case studies and quotes.   

If you want to ask a volunteer for a quote/case study, why not use this short request template?  “It will soon be Volunteers Week and we would like to share your volunteering story to show how valuable our volunteers are to us.  Can you tell us: 

  • How long you have been volunteering? 
  • Why you became a volunteer? 
  • What you get from volunteering 
  • The difference you make to our beneficiaries / clients / service-users.” 

Ask your beneficiaries how volunteers have helped them 

Or you can ask your beneficiaries, using this template.  “It will soon be Volunteers Week and we would like to share how our volunteers make a difference. Can you tell us: 

  • How our volunteer(s) help you?  
  • What difference our volunteer(s) make to your life?” 

Promote your case studies/quotes on social media 

We have put together some template messages for social media with graphics that you can adapt with your own quotes/messages, if you wish. You can find these by clicking here.  There are also instructions for how to add your messages onto the graphics.   

During the week include in your Twitter and Facebook posts the hashtags #VolunteersWeek and #valuevolunteers and also tag us 

Organisation  Twitter  Facebook 
Community Action Norfolk @CANorfolk @CANorfolk
Voluntary Norfolk @vol_norfolk @volnorfolk

 

We will share your posts to amplify your voice. 

You might also want to highlight the daily Volunteers Week themes if they are relevant for your own organisation.  These include:  

  • Wednesday 2 June the Power of Youth Day, a celebration of the contributions children and young people make to society through volunteering and social action.  
  • Thursday 3 June Employer supported and skilled volunteering day, to recognise the continued contributions of skilled and employer supported volunteers 
  • Saturday 5 June: Environment and Conservation Day, focusing on all the environmental volunteering that takes place. Coinciding with World Environment Day, 

Not on social media?  

We know not everyone is on social media so think about where else you might want to share your achievements. A special Volunteers Week email/newsletter to your supporters?  An article in your community newsletter perhaps?