Celebrating National Volunteers' Week 2020

our volunteers

Thank you for another incredible year of volunteering

Every year during the first week of June, we take the opportunity to say thank you to our amazing volunteers, who dedicate their time and skills every day to help the UK’s most vulnerable young people.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and contribute in so many ways – directly supporting young people in our services, campaigning for change, running our shops, raising funds and awareness in local communities, and supporting our teams in the office. Thanks to them, we are able to be there for children and young people when they need us the most.

Here are just some of the ways they’ve made a difference in the past year:

  • 9,307 people volunteered with us in the past year, with over 1,000 new volunteers taking action for the first time
  • Over 5,000 community volunteers held events, delivered talks, coordinated donations, influenced decision makers and inspired local people to take action for children
  • 3,216 retail volunteers assisted in the running of our network of 111 shops, raising vital funds for our work with young people
  • We awarded an unprecedented 16 National Volunteering Awards to our most outstanding volunteers, due to the exceptional contribution of the nominees
  • We recognised over 960 years of volunteering time given over the course of the year as part of our Volunteering Recognition Scheme
  • Volunteers got involved in important new roles such as volunteer therapists and family activities volunteers.

Join us for our coffee and chat on Facebook

On Wednesday 3rd June, we’ll be running a virtual coffee and chat session to celebrate our volunteers. We’ll be discussing the impact of volunteering with us and hearing directly from some of our volunteers.

Inspirational stories from our volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week, we’re sharing powerful stories from our volunteers about their experience and the creative ways they’re making a difference – both before and during the Covid-19 crisis. Keep an eye on our social media and volunteers’ blog for more.

Want to get involved? Join our Community Awareness Network

We believe everyone should know how to recognise the signs of abuse and exploitation in their community and know what to do if they think a child is in danger. You can make a difference by joining our Community Awareness Network.

Do you want to be a lifeline for vulnerable young people in your local area? Sign up to the Community Awareness Network.

To all our volunteers, thank you so much for everything you do.