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This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week, the annual nationwide celebration of the incredible contribution volunteers make to this country.
Every single day our tens of thousands of volunteers and supporters help our work in hundreds of different ways.
In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week, we have compiled a range of these actions that you and those around you can take to support our work, all within timeframes of 30, all making a difference. Today we present what you can do with 30 weeks. (Also see what you can do in 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 30 hours, 30 days and 30 weeks.)
Become an independent visitor, mentor or a befriender and support a vulnerable young person one-to-one
We have a number of schemes across the country where volunteers are matched up with vulnerable young people to provide them with individual support, guidance and direction to give them the confidence to make sound life choices.
Volunteers meet with the young person regularly and undertake fun activities with them while providing support and positive adult influence.
To provide the stability required for these roles volunteers are expected to undertake their role for a minimum of a year – although many get such rewards from it that they continue to do it for much longer.
Have a look at our current volunteering opportunities.
Become a volunteer speaker and raise awareness of our work
Are you passionate about improving the life chances of this country’s most vulnerable children and young people? Do you enjoy giving talking to groups of people?
If so, why not join our growing network of hundreds of volunteer speakers who play a valued and vital role in raising awareness and support for our work in local communities.
You’ll get top-quality training, resources and support, opportunities to meet new people in your community, the chance to gain new skills and self-confidence and the satisfaction of knowing you will be making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children.
Find out all about the role on the speaker section of our website.
Establish a local fundraising committee
We have fundraising committees all over the country run by people who use their passion, time and creativity to organise fantastic events to raise vital funds and awareness to help us fight childhood poverty and neglect.
Sound fun? It is! Why not join in?
You’ll have a good time developing a whole range of great skills and experience from leadership to team working, events coordination, marketing and more, whether you want to organise a coffee morning, quiz night dinner party, live music night or something else, it’s easy to set up a fundraising group. All you need is enthusiasm, energy and the desire to help children and young people.
Each group is different, but most groups meet up every month or so to plan fundraising events around their interests and to get their community together.
Get started with our Fun, friends and fundraising guide.