Posted: 07 June 2013

We simply couldn’t do it without our volunteers

Over the past seven days we have celebrated volunteering by thanking each and every one of our volunteers through postcards, e-cards, posters, and in person and at events. Our volunteers are also sharing their stories and thoughts by ‘taking over’ our Twitter account – they’ve shared more than 100 tweets throughout Volunteers' Week.

We’re also showcasing volunteers’ stories each day on our blog and on Facebook. (Would you like to share your story of volunteering to support our work? Let us know.)

Our Chief Executive, Matthew Reed, has sent letters to media outlets across the country reporting on volunteering contribution in their areas. 

Our network of shops have had special messages of thanks played in the morning and evening and messages throughout the day on our audio systems and on till receipts to promote such a special week. 

Inside the organisation we have profiled staff who involve volunteers and celebrated our volunteers. For the first time we launched an organisation-wide volunteers survey to further understand why people volunteer for The Children’s Society and how we can make their experience a more fulfilling, meaningful one. 

Thank you, volunteers (and how you can become a volunteer)

All of this activity and celebration has left my team and me exhausted but overwhelmed at the huge generosity of every single person who volunteers. We are immensely proud of their contribution and support in our mission to combat childhood poverty and adolescent neglect. As Matthew Reed said, we rely on our volunteers’ great generosity.

I would like to use this opportunity to encourage anyone out there considering volunteering to go for it and give the gift of your time today. All of the current opportunities, and a brief summary of the roles can be found on our volunteering pages

Volunteering is at the heart of our work. Without volunteers we simply could not be who we are today. In hard times, children are among the hardest hit. At The Children’s Society, with the help of volunteers we don’t just help them survive, we help them to flourish. 

So, to every single volunteer: Thank you.

By Debbie Hill - Fundraising and events team

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