Worcester MP for Robin Walker is joining with local charities and voluntary groups to celebrate local volunteers as part of Volunteers’ Week 2019. From trustees or campaigners to carers and fundraisers, volunteers make a huge and unique contribution to Worcester, and Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to thank them.

Robin is celebrating National Volunteers Week by visiting Worcester Samaritans and Worcester Community Action as well as recently getting stuck into life as a volunteer at Scope in Worcester where his responsibilities included sorting bags of donated stock and steaming the clothes before going on the shop floor, as well as helping to ensure the shop floor was running smoothly and helping customers find bargains amongst the clothes, accessories, books, CDs and DVDs on sale. Robin has also been a long-time advocate of the Worcester Citizens Advise Bureau having held events in parliament for staff and volunteers. 

Around 12 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK. Fundraising and running events are the most popular volunteering activities, with sports organisations and groups, followed closely by hobby and social clubs, being the most popular places to volunteer.

Speaking on the importance of celebrating volunteers, Robin said:

“Volunteers’ Week is an important time to celebrate the contribution that volunteering makes to our society and recognise the difference everyone who volunteers can make. However, people volunteer, whether it’s an hour every week or a few minutes a month, it all contributes to making our community a better place to live.”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank volunteers in Worcester who make such a vital contribution to our community. Worcester’s myriad of good causes is supported by an army of volunteers and old and young alike contribute to the city’s success and well-being.”

Shaun Delaney, volunteering development manager at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said:

“Volunteers’ Week gives charities’ and voluntary organisations the perfect opportunity to thank every one of the fantastic volunteers they work with. It is a chance to recognise that however volunteers give their time or skills, their contribution makes a huge difference to their community.”

“It’s also a chance to think about what volunteering for everyone means to you and think about how you can celebrate people from every walk of life who are getting involved.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more information on volunteering in Worcester, please see:

http://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-trades-voting-lobbies-for-local-charity-shop-scope-%EF%BB%BF/
http://www.walker4worcester.com/worcester-mp-visits-st-pauls-hostel-to-learn-about-creative-recovery-work-and-local-volunteering/
http://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-celebrates-40-years-of-citizens-advice-with-local-volunteers/

To find out more visit www.volunteersweek.org or our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and follow #volunteersweek across all social media.

For more information, and interview requests, please contact the Volunteering Development Unit at NCVO on 0207 520 2466 or email volunteersweek@ncvo.org.uk

Volunteering facts

  • 11.8 million people formally volunteered once a month in 2017/18 (Department for Culture, Media and Sport Community Life Survey 2017-18)
  • 22% of the UK population volunteer formally once a month, and 38% volunteer formally once a year (Department for Culture, Media and Sport Community Life Survey 2017-18)
  • There are over 166,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers (NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac 2018)
  • The value of formal volunteering was estimated at £22.6bn in 2015 (NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac 2018)
  • Volunteers’ Week started in 1984 and is now in its 35th year. The campaign was established by Volunteering England, which merged with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in 2013. NCVO now leads the UK-wide campaign.