Volunteers' Week 2021

A time to say ‘Thank You’ to the UK’s Volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week we are encouraging everyone to take the time to say Thank You to all the UK’s volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all corners of the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.

Volunteers are always active at the heart of every UK community. They are behind many of the services we all rely on. Some have been volunteering online from home, others in person with a local charity or organisation. Their crucial efforts have not stopped, despite the uncertain times we find ourselves in, and will continue as an important part of the nation’s recovery.

That is why on this 37th annual Volunteers’ Week it’s time to say, ‘Thank You Volunteers!’ We want to recognise all of those who have continued delivering vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months but also all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.

Below we have provided some ideas for how you could get involved in this years campaign, including online event suggestions, connecting locally and more! We have also provided links to our resources that are there to help you design and plan your Volunteers’ Week 2021!

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Online events

There are many ways you can celebrate and thank volunteers online this Volunteers’ Week. Why not host an online quiz or Awards and Recognition evening. Your volunteers might also appreciate a virtual afternoon tea or Big Lunch! (More info available below).

You could invite some of the people your volunteers have helped and supported in the last year to share their stories and thank you messages. If they are unable to join ask them to write or record a message to be shared.

We’ve provided several downloads and templates to help you design and plan your online events within our Resources.

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Spread Thanks​

Why not get creative and write a thank you note or poem, do a painting or drawing and send it to someone who has helped or supported you in the last year. Or if you are feeling especially generous why not send a little care package or gift!

We have some Thank You card templates in the resources section that you can print, sign, and send (in person or social media). Also available are the illustration and events packs that include all our well-known campaign graphics, including the Volunteers’ Week favourite, the Selfie Frame, plus some new resources for 2021 and many more campaign downloads to help you get creative!

Connect Locally​

Volunteer Centres and TSI’s across Scotland are connecting with local charities, organisations and groups to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2021.

If you’re looking for events to join, partner with, or just want some more info on what is happening in your area during Volunteers’ Week head to the contact page to find a full list of local contacts and links. 

It would also be worth following your local Volunteer Centre or TSI on social media and subscribing to their newsletters to be kept up to date with the latest news within your local authority.

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Share your Volunteers’ Week plans, promo and thank you messages on social media using the #VolunteersWeekScot hashtag and we will like, save, and share as many posts as we can on the new Volunteers’ Week Scot Twitter and Instagram accounts.

We have provided some suggested social media posts and images in the resources section. There is also a handy download called ‘Suggested Themed Days’ if you want to follow along with UK Partners areas of focus across the 7 days, for example Power of Youth Day, Big Lunch plus more. 

The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch (5/6 June) is about celebrating community connections and getting to know one another a little better. This year, there are more reasons than ever to get together as The Big Lunch kicks off a summer of community, friendship and fun.

Why not celebrate this Volunteers’ Week with a Big Lunch and say cheers to your volunteers, connect with your neighbours and simply say thank you!