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Celebrating the 35th Annual Volunteers Week!

Posted over 1 year ago By Lynn Cadman

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This year, Volunteers Week (1-7 June) celebrated the 35th anniversary of this annual campaign to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers. It is co-ordinated by NCVO (the National Council of Voluntary Organisations) which is itself commemorating its centenary this year. 
 
During the week hundreds of events take place to thank volunteers and raise awareness of the huge array of volunteering opportunities that exist.
 
Volunteers with finance and business skills are always in demand. Did you know, 1 in 10 volunteers get support from their employer to volunteer? And more than half of people who get time off work to volunteer use their professional skills when volunteering. Check out the guest blog Governors for Schools have written for us about some of the benefits of skills-based volunteering.
 
If you’re already volunteering, you’re part of a big club!
In 2017/18, 20.1 million (38%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.8 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.
‘Wanting to do good’ is the most common motivation to volunteer. In 2017/18, 46% of people said that they volunteer to improve things and help others.
In 2015, volunteering was worth more than £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to about 1.2% of GDP.
67% of volunteers give their time to charities and community groups, an invaluable resource to the 168,000+ voluntary organisations in the UK, but many others also volunteer in the public and private sectors.
(Thanks to the NCVO for these stats!)
 
If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, why not be inspired by some of the volunteering stories featured at https://volunteersweek.org/volunteering-stories/  and check out the volunteering opportunities advertised on www.icaewvolunteers.com?!
 
We’d also like to take a moment to celebrate the many ICAEW members who give their time freely, either through regular volunteering or one-off opportunities. Thank you so much – it really does make a difference to the charities and not-for-profit organisations you support.