Running an event

Events are a great way to thank your volunteers. Find out how to plan, publicise and run an event.

Should I run an event?

Regardless of what shape they take, a Volunteers’ Week event will bring people together to celebrate volunteers’ contributions. Whether you decide to run an event or not is up to you, but here are some things to consider as you begin your planning.

Events can help you recruit volunteers. Recruitment events can generate broad interest in volunteering and attract people who may not have considered it before.

For inspiration, check out the ‘Getting Inspired’ section.

The Big Lunch

What better way to celebrate the impact volunteers have in their communities than by hosting a Big Lunch.

The latest annual event took place on 1–2 June 2024, but you can hold a Big Lunch at any time during the year. A big lunch can be anything from an online event, tea at your doorstep or a small gathering in a garden or park. Come together with volunteers and share volunteering stories over a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

The Eden Project Communities have some handy tips and tricks to help your start your planning.

How to run and publicise your event

Once you’ve got your event planned, get in touch with local media to spread the word.