Volunteers’ Week, which takes place during 1st - 7th June, is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. Here in Manchester, we usually celebrate with a range of events and activities to get people together to learn new things, showcase volunteering in all its diversity, get people thinking about how they can do good and useful stuff in the city.
For 2021, we are continuing to use the week as a time to recognise and appreciate the contribution of volunteers to communities during the pandemic - a time to say thanks. During an exceptionally difficult year, people in Manchester have taken the time to volunteer and have made a huge difference to others and their communities – just as they do every year.
We understand that many volunteering activities have been paused for the year, and although these may be starting up again, many volunteers will have felt isolated and removed throughout this period. We also want to celebrate those volunteers and hear their stories, whilst also recoginising the thousands of volunteers who have stepped up to support charities and communities during the Covid-19 crisis. 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 volunteers in Manchester. That is why, on this 37th annual Volunteers' Week, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!