Next month we will be celebrating the difference volunteers make across Oxfordshire and thanking them for all their time and dedication, as part of national Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.
Volunteering has always played a crucial role in Oxfordshire and the last year has seen an exceptional level of activity. From community fridges and telephone befriending to laptop recycling schemes and prescription pick-ups, volunteers have supported communities throughout the pandemic. But we also recognise the contribution of longstanding volunteers who have had to spend the year shielding or caring for loved ones, unable to take part in the usual activities. Volunteers’ Week gives us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on all volunteers and say “thanks”.
We have put together a range of free and accessible events that can be viewed here and we’re encouraging others to add in their own activities so that together we can spread the word about why our County is such a great place to volunteer.
We’ll also be sharing some special “thank you” messages from across Oxfordshire and running a social media campaign on the theme “Time To Say Thanks”.
And, although this year we are unable to hold the OCVA Charity and Volunteer Awards (fingers crossed for 2022!) we are launching a new Volunteer Recognition Award certificate, which will allow any organisation in Oxfordshire to recognise outstanding volunteers. Certificates will be awarded monthly and will be signed by me, on behalf of OCVA and for a little extra sparkle, Tim Stephenson OBE, our President and current Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.
It couldn’t be easier to nominate a volunteer – just a simple form so that you can tell us that little something special about them. We’re really looking forward to hearing from you and helping to showcase the voluntary sector in all its diversity.