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2023 Volunteers' Week Theme

‘Celebrate and Inspire’

This year the UK wide Volunteers’ Week theme is ‘Celebrate and Inspire’

With this theme we nationally aim to highlight that our diversity is our strength, show that there is more than one way to volunteer and encourage people to be the change that we want to see. Volunteers are always active at the heart of every UK community so taking the time during Volunteers’ Week to celebrate and recognise their efforts and all they contribute to our local communities; the voluntary sector as a whole has never been more important.

When celebrating with your volunteers this year, take a moment to recognise and remember each of them, past and present. From trustees to befrienders and fundraisers, it’s a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all volunteers make.

Volunteers’ Week is also a great time to inspire new volunteers. By asking your current or past volunteers to share their volunteer stories could inspire someone new to sign up and get involved.

Below we have provided several suggested ways you can get involved in this years’ campaign. There are also many resources (graphics, guides and templates) available to use before and during Volunteers’ Week!

Suggested ways to get involved

Power of Youth Day Scot 2023

Join in on the Power of Youth Day

Tuesday 6th June

Power of Youth Day is the annual opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the children and young people who are working to make positive change in their communities every day.

Our stories are our superpower. When we tell stories about the experiences that matter to us, we create valuable insights into the things that create positive social change. Your story really matters. That is why our theme this Power of Youth Day is – ‘This is Me’.

Join with us on Power of Youth Day and share your experience of youth social action and help to deepen the impact of youth social action across the UK.

Find out more and sign up to support the #iwill Movement at

Share your Volunteer Stories

Why not ask your volunteers to share what motivated and inspired them to begin and continue volunteering? They could share a short-written piece, video, photo diary, drawing of their experience volunteer.

Remember word of mouth is still one of the top ways to recruit new volunteers, so hearing from someone who has volunteered with you could inspire someone to sign up.

Where can you share the stories?

  • On social media: Remember to tag us and use the #VolunteersWeekScot so we can repost on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram.

  • Your website: If you don’t use social media and share your volunteer stories on your own website, send us the link and we can post on the Volunteers’ Week Scot social channels.

Host an Event

Events can be a great way to bring people together during Volunteers’ Week. There are many ways you can celebrate volunteers in person or online or even inspire someone new to volunteer. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Recognition or Awards Evening: For Volunteers to hear from those they have helped and supported in their roles and be recognised formally for it can mean a lot to some volunteers. A recognition or awards evening can be a nice way to do that.
  • Volunteer Recruitment Fair or Open Day: Volunteers’ Week is a good time to generate new interest in your volunteering opportunities, reach potential volunteers in your area as well as highlight the efforts of your current volunteers. Hosting a recruitment fair with other local organisations or groups or an open day could be a great way for people to learn about the opportunities you have available and find out more about your organisation. 
  • A Big Lunch: These are great community engagement and celebration events. More information available here.

We’ve provided some resources to help you in the planning, branding and promoting of your Volunteers’ Week events, whether they are in person or online. Including press release template, tips for contacting the media and MSPs, volunteer certificates, bunting, banners, selfie frame, photo props and more!

Engage on Social Media

Post your photos and messages on Social Media

Use the suggested posts and social media images in the run up to and during Volunteers’ Week to promote your plans and encourage others to get involved! 

Use the Scotland & UK campaign hashtags

Use the official campaign hashtag for Volunteers’ Week in Scotland on all your social media posts #VolunteersWeekScot

(Use #VolunteersWeek if you are Nationally based)