Five Ways to Celebrate Your Volunteers this Volunteers Week
Today is the first day of Volunteers’ Week 2023. Now in its 39th year, Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers come together to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering has in communities around the UK.
The theme of this year’s week-long celebration is ‘Celebrate and Inspire’ so we thought we’d highlight five ways you can celebrate your volunteers.
- Say Thank You Write a thank you email, note or card for your volunteers. If you work remotely, take a quick photo of the note or card and email it to them, or send an e-card.
Give all your volunteers a thank you certificate – you can download a free certificate template from the Volunteers Week 2023 website.
Extra points for acknowledging a specific contribution some has made!
- Recognise Thank your volunteers publicly too. Include a big thank you in your internal and external emails and newsletters.
Extra points for sharing on social media too!
- Nominate a volunteer, or a whole organisation, for an award. Keep your eye out for local and national award schemes throughout the year. Nominations for the OCVA Volunteer Celebration Awards usually open in April each year – make a note in your calendar now.
- Highlight Quantify the impact of your volunteers by sharing the number of hours or days given per year or share case studies and testimonials.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #VolunteersWeek!
- Party Organise a social event to celebrate your volunteers. It can be big (a summer barbecue?) or small (tea and cakes). If you work remotely, you could organise something online.