One day until our Virtual Volunteers Week 2020 and we would love you to meet some of our amazing volunteers @WeAreBCR

Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

We have been so fortunate to have over 600 wonderful local people sign up to support our six Dudley CVS Covid Locality Networks and they are out there in the community, making a huge impact to those who are isolated and vulnerable, dropping off medication or doing food shops.  We have selected 7 stars (including a double act!) who have been supporting these networks for the past few months and will be recognising a star every day of Volunteers Week.

Please join us every day from  1st-7th June to hear some very special volunteers tell us why they love what they have been doing. Our first star tomorrow is Rose, so why keep your eyes peeled for our daily stars?

We still need to recognise those amazing volunteers so let’s get creative!

This year, because of the coronavirus situation, many organisations have taken the difficult decision not to go ahead with all the things they would usually do for Volunteers’ Week, so we are going virtual. For some ideas on how you can celebrate your own wonderful volunteers please see our inspirational post with some ideas and e-thank you cards please click here

It’s one week until Virtual Volunteers Week 1-7 June 2020 @NCVOvolunteers @WeAreBCR #volunteersweek

Help us recognise the contributions of our incredible local volunteers

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. This year, because of the coronavirus situation, many organisations have taken the difficult decision not to go ahead with all the things they would usually do for Volunteers’ Week.

We still need to recognise those amazing volunteers so let’s get creative!

So what could you do for your volunteers even if you can’t meet them physically?  We all have some fabulous volunteers and the coronavirus pandemic is a stressful, and isolating time for many of us, affecting not just our physical, but also our mental health and wellbeing. Volunteers are no different, particularly if they are currently supporting with the pandemic, supporting communities and isolated, vulnerable individuals.

  • Ring your volunteers to check in with them and say a personal thank you if you can, or perhaps you would prefer something more interactive. Why not set up a Zoom call to your volunteers? If you have lots of volunteers you may need to do several sessions, but they are worth it aren’t they?
  • Add some fun to your online chat and organise a virtual morning coffee or afternoon tea party, suggesting they join in with a cuppa and of course a piece of cake! Have a relaxed chat and you can then see for yourself how they are and if they are coping with the social isolation. It may be that some of them need a little one-to-one support from you, or you may need to signpost them to a local group who could offer shopping or meds collection, or some telephone befriending.
  • Post them a thank you card or certificate to say you appreciate them.
  • Or you could send them an e-thank you card to recognise their contribution. Eileen from the Volunteer Centre has created two different designs [one to recognise Covid volunteering and another generic thank you card], which she is happy to customise for your organisation.  Just contact her on eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk with your logo and organisation name, and she can send the personalised e-card back as a picture or PDF file.