Posted: 07 June 2014

What did volunteering look like 30 years ago?

This week, 1 to 7 June, has marked the thirtieth anniversary of Volunteers' Week, the annual celebration of the incredible contribution volunteers make.

To mark the anniversary, every day this week we posted blogs highlighting the voluntary actions that you can take to fight childhood poverty and neglect, all around timeframes of 30. We started with 30 seconds on Sunday 1 June, and then 30 minutes, 30 hours, 30 days, 30 weeks and yesterday 30 months.

To mark the end of Volunteers' Week today, we dug out a fantastic selection of photos of our volunteers from 30 years ago.

Since Volunteers’ Week was established, our volunteers have directly raised over £156m to support our work and they've helped deliver services that have changed the lives of more than 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Volunteering in the early 1980s

Here are photographs of our volunteers supporting our work about 30 years ago, approximately when Volunteers' Week began.

Miss Olga Hogg makes toys to be sold in Children's Society Shops

One of our supporters, Miss Olga Hogg, makes toys to be sold in our shops.

Kenny Marshall cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats

Kenny Marshall, a 19-year-old voluntary worker from Derby, cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for our work.

Samantha McClelland with friends and family

Samantha McClelland, third from left, with friends and family at a summer sale to raise funds for our work.

Miss Olive Rees with her hand puppets

Miss Olive Rees brought hand puppets to entertain children while also raising money for our work. 

Stratford canners

Stratford canners ran from Stratford-upon-Avon to Evesham.

Mrs Christine Gribble raised £5500 to buy a mini-bus

Mrs Christine Gribble, a Teignmouth fundraiser and visitor of our former home in Torquay, raised £5500 to buy a mini-bus.

The Crooked Spire Motorcycle Club

The Crooked Spire Motorcycle Club regularly visited one of our former children's centres and often brought gifts. 

Volunteers from the Leicester Shop

Volunteers from our Leicester shop take a break during a neighbourhood festival.

Joe Benjamin

Joe Benjamin volunteered as an entertainer at Highfields Community Centre in Leicester.

John Trevor Williams

John Trevor Williams, right, took a group of the children we support on a camping trip every year. As he said, this meant he was ‘doing his bit'.

Manager of the Ipswich Shop with a volunteer helper

The manager of our Ipswich shop, right, with a volunteer helper. 

The Bishop of Birmingham with shop volunteers

The Bishop of Birmingham, second from right, with shop volunteers at our Smethwick shop.

Manager and volunteers at the Bournemouth shop

Volunteers at our Bournemouth shop with a cheque for The Children's Society from a local competition.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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