28 Jun 2019

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.

vols week 2019

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 Volunteers Week.

Individual stories of sacrifice

Phil Fiander, 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 volunteering.

'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 encouragement.

Volunteer's Week provides a useful platform to do this.'

Promoting volunteering

The Volunteering Team at WCVA were also busy promoting volunteering across their social media platforms, @WCVACymru and @VolWales.

The top social media post during the week was: '89% volunteers meet new people through their volunteering #volunteersweek #timetocelebrate @Volwales' with 3,098 impressions.

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