Volunteering for all

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.


This site is in development – watch this space … our full site is coming soon!

Get involved

Over 14 million people regularly give up their time to volunteer in the UK – and that deserves to be celebrated. Volunteering contributes £22.6bn to the economy each year – so we think more people should recognise its value to society.

However much (or little) time and effort you have to spare, there’s a way for you to celebrate and raise awareness.

Celebrate your volunteers

From holding a thank you event or awards ceremony, to praising and sharing stories on social media – every year hundreds of organisations across the UK take the opportunity to show their volunteers that they appreciate them during Volunteers’ Week.

The week is also a great time to get new volunteers on board. We’ll all be talking about the benefits of volunteering and sharing inspiring stories – so why not take advantage of the increased awareness and showcase your volunteering opportunities, offer taster sessions or launch new campaigns.

However you decide to get involved, we’ll have resources in place to help you.

'Volunteers' Week is an essential tool in our marketing and communications and events calendars to spread the word about volunteering and all of its benefits, and to recruit more people to volunteer. It's also the perfect excuse for a BIG thank you to volunteers for their invaluable contribution to make Camden (and beyond) a better place to be.'

Sheila, Volunteer Centre Camden

We're here to help

We’re working hard to put together lots of resources to help you get involved in Volunteers’ Week 2018, including:

• Templates, tools and guidance for holding your celebratory events and using social media
• Ideas and inspiration for your Volunteers’ Week activities
• Stories and facts to help you champion volunteering
• Guidance on best practice for recruiting and managing volunteers (because this is useful all-year-round!)

We’ll have them ready soon – sign up to our mailing list for a heads up when they’re ready, plus all the latest news and info on Volunteers’ Week.

Are you a volunteer?

Then Volunteers’ Week is the perfect time to shout about it – loud and proud! Tell everyone about the great contribution you make on social media, using our hashtag:


Become a volunteer

Volunteering has been shown to improve the wellbeing of the volunteers themselves, as well as helping others. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out! Volunteering can also help you to gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

There are all kinds of volunteering roles, contributing to all kinds of causes, out there – find the right one for you.

You can get a taste of what volunteering is like with our ‘where volunteering begins’ short films.

About the campaign

The campaign brings together groups and organisations from all over the UK, led by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development ScotlandVolunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action

With thanks to the following organisations for supporting the development of Volunteers’ Week 2018:

Age UK, Arthritis Care, Barnardo’s, Big Lottery Fund, Cancer Research, City Year UK, Crohn’s and Colitis UK, Do-it Trust, ICAEW, Macc – Volunteer Centre Manchester, Macmillan Cancer Support, National Trust, NHS Providers, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, Reach, Step up to Serve, Spice Innovations Limited, Sport England, Team London, The Association of Guernsey Charities, Vinspired, Voluntary Action Leicestershire and Volunteer Centre Camden.