With the focus largely on celebrating, we’ve decided it would be inappropriate to go ahead with many of the things we would usually do around this time.

Like many across the volunteering sector, our focus is on supporting volunteers to take on coronavirus-related volunteering roles and helping communities to cope with the many consequences of coronavirus.

This was a difficult decision to make and one that was not made lightly.

Volunteers’ Week resources

We know many people use the Volunteers’ Week website for ideas and resources to recognise volunteers, not just 1 – 7 June, but throughout the year. The Volunteers’ Week website will still be accessible with all the usual resources and ideas for those organisations that are still going ahead with their own activities. However, we will be closing the events listing and volunteering stories pages to new content. There will also be no new resources this year and we will be suspending our Facebook and Instagram activity.

Should you still celebrate Volunteers’ Week?

Each year, every organisation that takes part in Volunteers’ Week decides how best to mark the week in their own way. This year is no different – however many of us are facing challenges we never imagined. As such, some nation leads are continuing to mark the campaign whereas some will be stopping completely, NCVO included.

You are best to decide what to do in your area. If you are going ahead, here are some tips.

  1. Think about how your messaging will be received. We’re all facing difficult times right now which changes how people may react to a celebration campaign. ‘Time to Say Thanks’ is likely to go down better than ‘Time to Celebrate’ – so stick to using the logos without the ‘celebration’ tagline and avoid party-related images.
  2. Physical distancing is still important. Many organisations have events during Volunteers’ Week however this would be breaking current social distancing rules and could put people at risk. Where possible, stick to online events and take care handing items out to volunteers.
  3. Keep telling volunteering stories. People are stepping up to help in ways we have not seen before in the UK. Telling their stories is a great way to recognise and thank them for all the great things they are doing.

Further information and support

Although some nations have had to cut back or stop activity, we’re still here to recognise and support the important contribution of volunteers.