What is Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers' Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK.

The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

What happens during Volunteers’ Week?

From open days to celebration events, every year hundreds of online and in-person activities take place across the UK to mark Volunteers’ Week and celebrate volunteers.

This year Volunteers’ Week will culminate in The Big Help Out, from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June, where people across the UK will get the chance to experience a range of volunteer taster sessions.

Volunteers’ Week celebrates 40 years

Volunteers’ Week was first established in 1984, by what was then known as Volunteering England.

This year we’re excited to be celebrating the 40th anniversary, from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 June.