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?

This year, depending on government guidelines, Volunteers’ Week events may be smaller, online or at a social distance. Regardless of what shape they take, a Volunteers’ Week event will bring people together to celebrate volunteers’ contribution. 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.

It’s very important that volunteers feel organisational appreciation, rather than just their manager or co-ordinator."

Maria Galan, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Housing for Women

The BIG LUNCH

What better way to celebrate the impact volunteers have in their communities than The Big Lunch!

This is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours and communities. A big lunch can be anything from an online event, tea at your doorstep or a small gathering in a garden or park. This is an opportunity to 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 an Publicising your event

Once you’ve got your event planned, you need to spread the word. Use our free press release template to get in touch with local media.