Volunteers Week 2018

01 June 2018

This week is Volunteers' Week - an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. 

According to the Community Life Survey, in 2016-17, almost 12 million people, around a fifth of adults, formally volunteered once a month in 2016-17. The estimated value of volunteers helping UK charities is £22.6 billion.

People’s Health Trust supports many organisations that rely on volunteers. Beyond contributing their passion, time and energy, they often bring a wealth of local knowledge that is fundamental to the success of our projects.

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve personal wellbeing. Through their involvement in the projects, volunteers have the opportunity to gain valuable new skills and experiences, which builds their self-confidence, and ultimately gives them a greater sense of control over their own lives.

According to research from The Conservation Volunteers, individuals who volunteer and are from the most disadvantaged areas in the country, show the most change as a result of their volunteering experience, which includes making the marked positive change in how those individuals engage with their local community.

If you are celebrating Volunteers’ Week, we’d love to hear how. You can email us or post you stories on Facebook or twitter. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hash tag #VolunteersWeek.

If you’re looking for ideas, there is some more information about what other organisations did last year here.

 

To find out more about Volunteers’ Week, click here.

To read more news from the Trust, click here.

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