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Celebrating Volunteers' Week June 1 - 7 2015

Trading for Good Celebrates Local volunteering - Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June

 

To celebrate National Volunteers’ Week 2015, Trading for Good will be encouraging the small business community to record their volunteering hours via their online profile at www.tradingforgood.co.uk. During the week we will be recognising small businesses and the  team members that have made a significant contribution to their local communities through volunteering. We shall be awarding the National Volunteer’s Week certificate and thanking those businesses and individuals publicly via our Social Media Channels and by linking to #volunteersweek.

"Small businesses and their employees are a massive but often unseen unheard resource of talent and time. Unleashing that resource on a local community has a huge beneficial affect that we cannot do without. volunteer week proves how GREAT our small business are" said Kay Allen OBE Founder of Trading for Good. 

Trading for Good is a digital platform that helps small businesses to strengthen their reputation and grow by showcasing the good work that they do in their communities, every member of the Trading for Good team is dedicated to supporting the local community and offers volunteering hours for the benefit of the small business community, young people, local charities and good causes.

During Volunteers’ Week hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to say thank you to volunteers who give their time and energy throughout the year. The campaign, which was established in 1984, seeks to recognise the work that volunteers do and showcase the varied volunteering opportunities that exist.

This year, as well as thank you events organised by charities, volunteers are being encouraged to share their own stories and motivations on social media using the hashtag #ivolunteer.

Justin Davis Smith, director of volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said:

‘Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise volunteers who put their time, energy and enthusiasm into helping others. Whether it’s clearing out a local park, or helping with a reading club or food bank, volunteers are the social glue keeping our communities together. This week of events across the country will, I hope, show people how much their contribution is valued.

‘Last year marked 30 years of Volunteers’ Week celebrations, highlighting how rich our history of social action really is. No one is better at talking about the contribution volunteers make than volunteers themselves, so this year we are asking people to talk about the causes they care about, share motivations for volunteering, and encourage others to think about getting involved by using the hashtag #ivolunteer.

‘Volunteering is a way to give something back, but it is also an opportunity to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun. There has been a rise in recent years in flexible volunteering, so that even people without the time to commit to a regular activity can get involved.

‘We hope that this Volunteers’ Week you will join us in saying thank you to everyone who volunteers.’  

Volunteering facts

  • In 2012-13 volunteering output contributed an estimated £23.9billion to the UK economy. This is equivalent to over 1.5% of GDP.[1]
  • There are over 160,000 voluntary organisations in England, many of whom rely on volunteers.[2]
  • 41% of people in the UK volunteer formally at least once a year and 27% do so at least once a month.[3]

Notes

To find out more visit www.volunteersweek.org and follow #volunteersweek and #ivolunteer.



[1] From the UK Civil Society Almanac (2013)

[2] Ibid.

[3] From the Cabinet Office’s Community Life Survey 2013-14.

Kevin Barber
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Kevin Barber

Trading for Good East of England. Helping small businesses strengthen their reputation and grow by showcasing the good work that they do in their communities.

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