Across Wales, hundreds of volunteering involving organisations celebrated Volunteer’s Week, the nationally recognised week, dedicated to saying thank you to those that give their time freely to support their local communities.
During the week of the 1st - 7th June,
organisations across Wales are encouraged to hold local events
designed to recognise, reward and recruit volunteers.
It is an opportunity for organisations to work together locally
and raise the profile of volunteering in their area.
This year's theme was 'Time to celebrate' and
organisations embraced this by organising a range of events to
celebrate, including volunteer open days, award ceremonies,
volunteer fairs, community pop up stands, wellbeing events;
recruitment days and taster sessions.
Staff at WCVA attended some of the events that took place during
Individual stories of sacrifice
Deputy Chief Executive attended a celebratory
event held by Neath Port Talbot CVC, celebrating the volunteers in
the Neath Port Talbot area.
'To see volunteers from all ages and walks of life receive
their awards with pride in their hearts and smiles on their faces
was a truly humbling experience.
'Whilst people like myself stand and promote the value of
volunteering it isn't until you hear the individual stories of
sacrifice and dedication to their communities and the people, they
supported that you truly understand the importance and value of
'I am already looking forward to next year's event and hope to
keep it in my calendar for many years to come as it is a truly
inspiring and uplifting event.'
Celebrating young volunteers
Felicitie Walls, Volunteering Manager at WCVA
attended an event held to celebrate the contributions made by young
people through their involvement with the Youth Led Grants panel in
Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Felicitie highlighted the importance of celebrating young
people's involvement in volunteering and social action.
'It is always a pleasure to see the enthusiasm and passion that
young people bring to their communities, identifying the issues
that need to be addressed and taking action to make things better
for others around them.
Saying thank you to volunteers of all ages is important, but
particularly so for young people, who welcome regular feedback and
Volunteer's Week provides a useful platform to do this.'
The Volunteering Team at WCVA were also busy promoting
volunteering across their social media platforms, @WCVACymru and
The top social media post during the week was: '89% volunteers
meet new people through their volunteering #volunteersweek
@Volwales' with 3,098
The most activity on @VolWales Twitter was on Tuesday
4th June with 6,172 organic impressions.
If you'd like to find out more about Volunteer's Week
please visit https://volunteersweek.org/
If you are looking to volunteer or want to advertise
your volunteering opportunities, please visit www.volunteering-wales.net