2022 Theme: Thank You!
The main focus and theme for this years campaign remains ‘Thank You’ to all volunteers.
As you know, volunteers are always active at the heart of every UK community, even more so over the last few difficult years, so this Volunteers’ Week we want you to join us again in taking time to thank volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector and society as a whole. It’s about celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.
When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of them. From trustees and campaigners to befrienders and fundraisers, it’s a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all your volunteers make.
This year, like last, we’re encouraging you to get creative with your Thank You messages. Why not write a thank you note or poem, do a painting or drawing or even create a video with messages from people your volunteers have supported in the last year. There are plenty resources there to support you in your planning for this years campaign, including Thank You card templates, Certificates and more!
Use the 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)
Events can be a great way to bring people together to thank and celebrate volunteers and volunteering during Volunteers' Week.
There are many ways you can celebrate and thank volunteers in person or online this year, here are 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 (held in person or virtually) can be a nice way to do that!
- Quiz or Bingo Night: Just something fun to do for you and your volunteers!
- A Big Lunch (or Big Jubilee Lunch!): These are great community engagement and celebration events. All details and information on how you can host your own is available below.
- Volunteer Recruitment or Showcase Event: 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!
We’ve provided several resources to help you in the planning, branding and promoting of your Volunteers’ Week events, whether they are in person or online. Including tips for hosting an event, press release template, tips for contacting the media and MSPs, volunteer certificates, bunting, banners, selfie frame, photo props, plus much more!
Year of Stories
2022 is Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Stories’, so why not ask your volunteers to share what motivated and inspired them to begin and continue volunteering.
Why not ask your volunteers to share a short-written piece, video, photo diary, drawing (however they want to share) of their time volunteering.
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 here and we can post on the Volunteers’ Week Scot social channels.
Power of Youth Day
Power of Youth Day falls on Monday 6th June 2022. It 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.
It’s a chance to spotlight the achievements of children and young people in the #iwill movement and beyond, and for organisations to demonstrate their real commitment to empowering young people in your organisation.
On this day, the #iwill team are asking young people, and those who work with young people, to share their youth social action stories, and we’re asking organisations to commit to doing more to empower young people to make change by signing up to the Power of Youth charter in Scotland.
The Month of Community
The Month of Community is a UK wide campaign led by Eden Project Communities that includes Volunteers’ Week and several other campaigns and causes from across the UK. It’s an opportunity to bring our neighbourhoods closer, give back, shine a light on the amazing communities we live in and celebrate everything that makes our communities great.
Last year, over 15 million people took part in the first ever Month of Community. So join us and join in, whether you want to say cheers to volunteers, connect with your neighbours, support a cause you care about, or simply say thank you, it’s all part of the Month of Community!