Community has never been more important than it is now, and during Volunteers’ Week 2020 it’s time to celebrate the people who have been giving back.
Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1 to 7 June annually, and is an enriching experience of celebration for the millions of people make across the UK through volunteering opportunities.
Some volunteering opportunities may currently be on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there have still been thousands of volunteers out helping and supporting the most isolated or at risk members of our community.
Volunteers are the heart of charity work and organisations. No matter your skillset or ability, volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to give back to causes that are close to your heart.
The estimated value of volunteers helping UK charities is £22.6 billion
From young carers involved with the Carers Trust, a variety of volunteering opportunities with Leonard Cheshire – including their new coffee shop that helps to upskill people living with a learning disability to move into paid employment – or donating time to befriend a person with dementia: volunteers are a vital tool.
And there are many ways to get volunteering.
During the on-going pandemic, a llama sanctuary has adapted their services to help elderly and vulnerable members of the community who can’t get out to the shops.
Pembrokeshire Llamas have been travelling around the village delivering shopping essentials, with the helps of llamas.
You may be concerned that you don’t have enough time to volunteer, but you can donate as much or as little time as you find possible.
Plus, volunteering is proven to help your mental wellbeing, as you feel good and fulfilled after helping others.
There are many easy ways to get involved with an organisation to volunteer. From specific volunteering organisations that find placements across Scotland, Wales, and England – there is a role for you.
Similarly, do-it.org is an invaluable tool to use when searching for a range of opportunities as the site hosts over one million positions. Right now the website has a lot of placements open if you are free to and able to become a coronavirus responder.
From advancing you skillset, looking great on your CV, and supporting a cause close to your heart, what’s not to love?