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Volunteer Week

Volunteers' Week 2009

Rewarding, recognising and recruiting volunteers

Volunteers' Week Newsletter

Issue 904

Volunteers' Week is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. This annual awareness week celebrates volunteers and volunteering. With more than 22 million people throughout the UK donating their time and effort in one way or another every year, this week is used to recognise their valued contribution to society as well as encouraging others to consider getting involved.

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Media campaign

Media campaign

We are now only four weeks away from the start of the 25th anniversary celebrations for Volunteers' Week. To help promote the week we are developing a media campaign to highlight the 25th anniversary and the role of volunteers.

As part of this work, we are in need of case studies from people throughout the UK who will be willing to speak to the media about their volunteering experiences. Volunteers would need to be willing to be interviewed by journalists, photographed and filmed and be available at any point from today until 7 June.

The media work could range from a few moments speaking to a journalist over the phone to a half day in the television studio. We know there are some interesting stories about volunteering out there and this is a great way to take part in the 25th anniversary of Volunteers' Week. If you or someone you know has an interesting volunteering story to tell and is willing to be a part of our campaign please contact

Shout about it!

The Volunteers' Week website is a fantastic tool for all those who will be interested in getting involved in volunteering. Journalists looking for interesting volunteering stories and events will also be using the website to pick up details about the range of activities taking place.

To enable you to make the most of this increased interest, log the details of your activities on the 'what's on' page (include link) and you may be pleasantly surprised about how many new enquiries you receive.

It's now easier than ever to find out what's happening locally. People can search using their region, date of event and postcode to find out how to get involved.

Get your event noticed

The new range of branded merchandise is selling fast in our online shop. We have produced an exciting range of items branded with the Volunteers' Week logo - use them to add some colour to your events and activities, this year.

Balloons and baseball caps will make sure that you are noticed at any local events, especially if you are seeking new volunteers. You may also wish to give small gifts such as pencils, keyrings and travel coffee mugs as a 'thank you' to volunteers. There is something there for everyone.

If you really wanted to show longer lasting recognition of your volunteers, a 25th anniversary commemorative plaque will show your volunteers how valued they are and also show this to anyone seeing it on display.

Please ensure that all orders are completed before 15 May to ensure that they reach you in good time for your activities and events.

More partners wishing to thank their volunteers

We are pleased to announce that even more national organisations are coming on board for Volunteers' Week to celebrate the 25th year of the week. This includes Mencap, Business in the Community, The Blue Cross, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sue Ryder Care and the Royal Horticultural Society. To see who else has joined us this year, visit our partners page.

Download posters and flyers

We will be sending all Volunteering England members' free printed posters and flyers to promote Volunteers' Week. However, if you aren't a member you are able to download these and print them yourselves from the Volunteers' Week website. All you have to do is register with the website and you will get instant free access. Visit the registration page to get started.

News from Northern Ireland

The Volunteer Development Agency has a range of Volunteers' Week resources available free to its members (in Northern Ireland only). The merchandise includes blank posters to publicise your events, thank you cards and badges to present to your volunteers and posters thanking volunteers, to display in your organisation. Download an order form to get your order in early.

If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Volunteer Development Agency or to apply online click here. Membership is free and open to all organisations and individuals with an interest in volunteering, however we do ask that you sign up to our Principles of Membership.

Would you like to get publicity for your organisation during Volunteers' Week? We want to hear about the volunteer stars in your organisation - people who have made a real difference to their community, other people or the environment. Or, if you are a volunteer and think your story could inspire other people to volunteer we want to hear from you! Email

To keep up to date with all of the latest Volunteers' Week news in Northern Ireland go to

Events in Scotland

Volunteer Centre Fife is holding an event to celebrate the last 25 years of volunteering in the area. Local organisations have been asked when they started operating and what developments have taken place over the years. All of this information will form part of the display on the area's volunteering history.

Childline Scotland is hosting their ChildLine Oscars - the CLOSCARS! This is a red carpet event in its second year with nominations for some serious and funny awards. The night will be themed around the Scottish Government's Homecoming initiative.

The faces of volunteering

The faces of volunteering

Valerie Robinson from Carryduff has been an in-patient of the Withers Unit (Northern Ireland Regional Centre for Orthopaedic Surgery) at Musgrave Park Hospital, many times. Following her most recent surgery in February 2007, Valerie spotted an advertisement displayed in the hospital …"Seeking Volunteers"; she submitted an application form and has been involved ever since.

Talking about her volunteering Valerie said, "Volunteering can certainly be very rewarding - the satisfaction of being able to help another person is a strong motivation. I love the time I spend at Musgrave, I'm just sorry that I can't do more! At the hospital, Mr. Henderson and his staff helped me retain my mobility, and I just want to give something back to show my sincere appreciation - the volunteering certainly helps to put life into perspective for me, especially when I compare my disability to the various difficulties experienced by the lovely people I have had the chance to meet."

Valerie has been actively involved as a volunteer for some 2 years now and continues to assist Johanna Bell, Voluntary Services Manager. She even recruits new volunteers, not all human might we add!

An initiative of Volunteering England, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Volunteer Development Agency (Northern Ireland) and Volunteer Development Scotland, the week will focus on rewarding, recognising and recruiting volunteers.

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