Volunteers’ Week is a campaign that takes place from 01-07 June every year.
This week, organisations across Scotland are encouraged to thank and celebrate their volunteers, past and present.
The annual campaign started in 1984, with this the 38th year of formally saying ‘thank you’ to volunteers across North Ayrshire and beyond.
The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering. However, the coronavirus pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by volunteers.
Volunteer Scotland Chief Executive Alan Stevenson said:
“Volunteers’ Week is a time to thank every volunteer. Volunteers improve our society through countless contributions each year and at time of crisis, they make our services more resilient.
“Within every local community, volunteering takes place formally, through the incredible work of organisations and groups but also informally through acts of kindness, between individuals who are not friends and family.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“North Ayrshire’s communities boast a varied range of volunteers, and Volunteers’ Week provides a great opportunity to celebrate their efforts and the huge benefits they contribute.
“Volunteering is not only great for those who are helped, for instance people who received shopping deliveries during COVID lockdown; it is equally beneficial for volunteers.
“It’s rewarding, allows you to meet people and be sociable, learn new skills and so much more. Anytime I have volunteered, I have never had a bad time!
“If you are thinking of volunteering, visit @volscotland or volunteerscotland.org.uk to find out more.”