Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June) is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.
During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.
Volunteers’ Week is a long-standing, popular event in the voluntary sector, established in 1984. It is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of events across the UK. These events showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.
Why is volunteering important?
As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too.
It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.
I would love to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you on behalf of all the staff at Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) to volunteers for all their fantastic support over the past year.
We have a diverse volunteer team that is committed to helping our clients; students, retirees and those seeking sanctuary all looking to put their free time to a worthy cause.
Without volunteers we could not provide the services that we do. They are a vital part of our work and they are engaged with all the work we do at the charity, demonstrating the caring approach they have to the people we support.
People mostly volunteer because they are interested in the issues we address and are eager to be part of creating a better world. Through helping at CRMC they can directly see the difference they make to people’s lives.
We have about 70 volunteers currently and they collectively donated over 10,000 hours to the charity during the past year.
This includes housing, employment, advice team, immigration, safeguarding and integration; not to mention supporting all of our events.
Each department uses volunteers to support the work they do, and we rely on people giving of their free time to help us to help refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with Coventry and the surrounding areas to rebuild their lives in the city.
I wanted to let all of our volunteers know what outstanding work we think you are doing. You are all so patient, kind and are excellent listeners and we are so lucky that you have all chosen our charity to volunteer for. Your skills and abilities have not gone unnoticed.
Thank you so much!
Jen Preece – Volunteer Coordinator