VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK: A TIME TO SAY THANK YOU
ONE Carluke Area Network MARKS VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 2021.
2021 marks the 37th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), when ONECAN will join thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK and thanking them for all they do.
The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering. However, the coronavirus pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by the UK’s volunteers.
This Volunteers’ Week ONECAN will be thanking and celebrating their volunteers, by highlighting their amazing work throughout social media and inviting all volunteers to The Community Garden over the weekend (5th & 6th June 2021) to take part in The Big Lunch.
The Big Lunch will take place at Carluke High Mill on Saturday the 5th June. We welcome all of our volunteers, old and new to join us there. The Community Garden is open from 10am – 2pm both Saturday and Sunday. There is always something to do, so whether you can help us put polytunnels together, or simply add to our plants then come along!
We are also encouraging our community to get involved in The Big Lunch by sharing your photos sharing a cuppa or a meal with family, friends or neighbours using the hashtag #ONECANBigLunch.
Carluke Development Trust Manager, Bill Anderson said: “Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and recognise the fantastic contribution our volunteers make. Thanks to them the local community has benefited from local area clean ups to the amazing work being achieved at Carluke High Mill Community Garden. We could not do what we are doing without them”
Volunteer Scotland Chief Executive, Alan Stevenson said “Volunteers’ Week is a time to thank all of the volunteers in the UK, for the support and services they provide each year. The pandemic has changed volunteering with many more of us helping others within our local neighbourhood than ever before, so taking the time to thank them for this critical contribution and connection to the most vulnerable in our society is essential. In the last year, countless volunteering programmes have paused (we hope not closed) so this year it is especially important to also recognise those who have been unable to volunteer, or volunteer as regularly, or those who may be anxious about resuming. Remember, they are Scotland’s volunteers, we celebrate them and look forward to their full return.”
Volunteering Stats During Covid-19 (Ipsos Mori June 2020)
- Almost three quarters (74%) of adults in Scotland gave time to volunteer during Covid-19, this represents a 26% increase in volunteering ‘during COVID- 19’ compared to the SHS 2018 participation rate of 48%.
- This figure is comprised of 13% of adults formally volunteering, 16% volunteering through mutual aid groups, 35% informally volunteering and 32% of adults in Scotland who undertook at least one volunteer activity type during Covid-19 but who didn’t identify as a volunteer.
- 11% more people expect to be volunteering after COVID-19 than before (59% vs. 48%)
- Compared to SHS 2018 data, all types of volunteering are projected to increase:
- Formal volunteering – from 26% to 37%
- Informal volunteering – from 36% to 47%
- Total volunteering – from 48% to 59%
- Compared to Ipsos-Mori data mutual aid volunteering has also increased from during COVID-19 to post COVID-19: From 16% – 32% (not recorded in SHS).
- To get involved in volunteering in the local area, simply head over to our volunteering section.
3. Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign, which takes place every year 1-7 June. Charities across the UK will hold events to thank their volunteers.
4. To find out more about volunteering in Scotland visit www.volunteerscotland.net
5. For the latest Scottish statistics see: www.volunteerscotland.net/for-organisations/research-and-evaluation
6. For the latest Covid-19 Research see: https://www.volunteerscotland.net/for-organisations/research-and-evaluation/publications/covid-19-research/
7. To track Volunteers’ Week activity on twitter search for #VolunteersWeekScot