What is Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.


During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Across this website you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

You can also download our communications pack containing key information about the purpose and aim of the campaign, how to get involved, key messages and statistics and template posts that you can use across your organisations’ social media accounts.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

Volunteers Week 2019 webinar

Themes for the week

Saturday and Sunday 1-2 June

‘How are you celebrating?’ – send us your pics on social media and we’ll share them

Monday 3 June

Launch party on Twitter 11am-12pm

Tuesday 4 June

Corporate/skilled volunteering day

Volunteering Manager Twitter chat in the afternoon

Wednesday 5 June

Youth-themed day

Thursday 6 June

Wellbeing and impact day

Friday 7 June

Share with us on social media how you have been celebrating this week

Time to Celebrate

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of them. From trustees and campaigners to carers and fundraisers, this is a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all your volunteers make.

It’s also a chance to think about what volunteering for everyone means to you. How can you celebrate people from every walk of life who are getting involved in volunteering?

Take a look at these resources to help you open up volunteering in your organisation to all.