National Volunteers Week 2017

Celebrating volunteering

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Volunteers at HERIB will be thanked for their contribution at a special party taking place on Thursday 1st June to mark Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

“Some of our volunteers have been with us for many years while others are fairly new additions to our team of HERIB Heroes,” said Chief Executive, Sandra Ackroyd. “Our volunteers are involved in every aspect of what we do and we simply could not support the thousands of visually impaired people we do today without their help. This is our way to show our appreciation of their valuable work.”

In the last year volunteers have given over 6,500 hours of their time to support HERIB and without this help, there is little doubt that some visually impaired people would have faced isolation and exclusion within their local community.

There are many different kinds of volunteering opportunities available at the charity from administration to fundraising, driving to marketing, befriending to helping organise social activities. Whatever time people are able to give or skills/experience, there is a role for everyone and the charity is always looking for more volunteers to help.

Hundreds of similar events will be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers' Week. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Charities across the UK will hold events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering to bring communities together. Last year more than 900 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

For many charities the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Volunteer fairs and other events will encourage people to try volunteering for the first time and help people find out how through volunteering they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.

Click here for more information about volunteering with HERIB or call us on 01482  342297 for an information pack.

Volunteering Facts

• In 2012-13 volunteering output contributed an estimated £23.9billion to the UK economy. This is equivalent to over 1.5% of GDP.
• 21.6 million (42%) people in the UK volunteer formally at least once a year and 13.8 million (27%) of people do so at least once a month.

• There are 162,965 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. 

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