Celebrating National Volunteers' Week 2019

our volunteers

Thank you to our amazing volunteers

As we take the opportunity during Volunteers' Week to say a massive thank you to our amazing volunteers, we are very proud to reflect on the collective impact that our volunteers all over the country made to our work over the last year. Here is how you made a difference to young people who needed us most:

Volunteering makes a huge difference to so many young people

  • 9,033 volunteers gave us their time and skills over the course of the year, contributing over 477,793 volunteering hours to our work
  • 750 volunteers directly supported thousands of young people in our services, whether as Mentors or Befrienders, providing information and support in our drop in services, delivering group work activity, or doing outreach in the local community
  • 2,682 volunteers assisted in our charity shops raising over £11 million to fund our vital work
  • Fundraising groups held over 552 fundraising and awareness raising events for us in their communities raising £288,910
  • Our Volunteer Speakers delivered over 285 talks to thousands of active and potential supporters nationwide 
  • Our 4,189 volunteer Box Coordinators helped us raise £1.5 million from our House Box networks 
  • Our growing network of Campaign Champions galvanised support for our campaigns in their local communities with over 60 local campaign actions taken

‘I volunteered to enrich someone else’s life. I didn’t realise how much my life would be enriched’ - Leala, Mentor

Thank you, to all of our volunteers, for your passion, commitment and dedication. We couldn’t achieve all that we do for young people without your involvement and support.

Want to make a difference? Join our movement!

Take a look at the volunteering opportunities we’re currently advertising or contact our Volunteering Team if you’d like to find out more about any of the roles mentioned on this page.

You can contact the Volunteering Team on 0207 841 4602 or VolunteeringTeam@childrenssociety.org.uk

‘Wednesday is a special day- it’s the day I volunteer. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done’ -Julia, Retail Volunteer

Stories from our volunteers

To celebrate our volunteers, and inspire others to volunteer with us, we have a blog dedicated to sharing volunteer stories.

Here, you can read about some of our volunteers, in many different roles, including Phil, who has volunteered with us for 60 years, and our 2018 National Volunteer Award winners – a fantastic bunch of people who have shown exceptional dedication to us and the young people we support.

‘It's amazing to think they come every week to run the club for us without getting paid’ - Young person

If you volunteer for us, and would like to share your story via our blog, or nominate a fellow volunteer for our 2019 National Volunteering Awards, we’d love to hear from you! Speak to your volunteer manager or contact the Volunteering Team on 0207 841 4602 or VolunteeringTeam@childrenssociety.org.uk

What else is happening during Volunteers Week?

Our shops and services across the country will be hosting small celebratory events to thank their volunteers. Keep an eye on your local newspaper for our thank you letter, and see our FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages throughout the week for even more updates and inspirational stories.